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Super League to roll out despite Covid-19

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has insisted that the 2020 season will kick-off on Saturday despite the outbreak of coronavirus in neighbouring countries.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, said they were consulting the Ministry of Health and Population to address coronavirus related cases at football matches.

Banda said Sulom has maintained the opening fixtures as the country has not registered coronavirus cases.

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“We are working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health and Population on coronavirus fears.

We will comply with whatever the ministry will advise. We have released opening fixtures and the first round matches so the season is kicking off on Saturday, March 21,” Banda said.

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles match slated for Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday will mark the launch of the new season. Meanwhile, Civo Service United General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, has asked Sulom to seek advice from the government particularly on precautions to avoid coronavirus outbreak.

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“As a club, I think we have very little to say on this one. All we have to do is to follow what the government is advising us. We are taking precautions as stated by the Ministry of Health,” he said.

Silver Strikers Board of Trustees Chairperson, Victor Madhlopa, feels that there is no need to suspend the kick-off of the league  as the country has not registered any coronavirus case.

“For now, Malawi has recorded no case yet for coronavirus infection in anyone. It will not be significant to suspend public gatherings. When that time comes, we will surely be advised by the Ministry of Health”.

Meanwhile, countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa have registered cases of coronavirus. On the other hand the Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced the postponement of all 2021 Africa Cup of Nation’s qualifiers which were slated for this moth end.

Professional leagues such as English Premiership, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga have been postponed until April 3.

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