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Team captains push for football restart

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MABVUTO KAMBUWE

Captains for all 16 TNM Super League teams are planning to hold talks with Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu pushing for restart of the game in the country.

The football season is almost lost in the country as government is yet to give consent to restart the game after it was suspended in March this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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Details have emerged that captains and some senior players from all Super League teams have formed a group aimed at lobbying the game to resume. Some captains from the teams confirmed the development but were reluctant to divulge more details saying it was premature.

“We want to lobby government to ease on some of the restrictions so that we start training and hope that the game can resume in October. We understand that safety first and as players we can start training while observing safety guidelines,” said the captain who opted for anonymity.

Another captain said whilethey respect the restrictions, government should outline a plan to resume the game in October.

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“I think government is not realistic on football because markets and bars are operating as usual. For a start, we can resume preparations as they are still assessing the situation,” he added.

The players through the captains are expected to present a letter to the Minister of Sport next week.

Msungama said he was ready to meet the players.

“I am looking forward to meeting the players. At the moment, I do not want to say much because I have to meet Presidential Task Force on Covid-19,” he said.

Nyamilandu said he was open to meet the players.

“The players are a key stakeholder. We will be keen to meet them and hear their concerns,” he said.

Football remain suspended in some major parts of Africa although Premier Soccer League is in progress. PSL is also expected to start new season in October whereas the FAZ MTN League is also expected to start in October after concluding the 2019 season last week.

 

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