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Teams could regroup after fresh election

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George Chiusiwa

As Football Association of Malawi (Fam) continues with negotiations with the government on kicking off the 2020 season in August, teams are expected to regroup after next week’s fresh presidential elections.

This would enable them fulfil the mandatory one month of training before the season rolls into action.

In the course of the month, some TNM Super League teams have been regrouping as they anticipate commencement of the season.

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The teams have been training in small groups as they wait for official communication to embark on full time training.

Clubs such as Silver Strikers and Ntopwa are among those that have regrouped to start preparing for the new season.

There have been several indicators for kick off of the new season with Fam sending a high powered delegation to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in Lilongwe where the delegation met Minister responsible, Francis Phiso, and presented a roadmap on football resumption.

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Fam did not disclose how much distance was covered during the meeting and only said they would hold another meeting with other stakeholders on Saturday.

Soccer pundit George Chiusiwa said waiting for the voting process to be concluded before returning to training is a practical idea.

“Football is part of society and its stakeholders should exercise their rights and freedoms in line with the country’s constitution. It is important for training to wait until we go for presidential polls next week.

“As Fam meets other stakeholders this weekend, I am hopeful that they will consider a number of factors on football resumption. Starting training towards the end of the month looks practical to me,” Chiusiwa said.

Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Victor Maunde, said they will meet their technical committee this weekend before deciding on resumption of training.

“We should know when we are returning to training by Monday,” Maunde said.

Kamuzu Barracks assistant coach, Ted Kalinda, said they expect to regroup after the polls.

“Our bosses have told us that we will regroup after elections. We were supposed to regroup this week but failed to do so because of next week’s fresh presidential polls. So after voting on June 23, we will go back to training,” Kalinda said.

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