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Silver Strikers training in small groups

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Alfred Gunda

Silver Strikers have started light training ahead of the commencement of the 2020/21 TNM season— tentatively slated for August 2020, as the team has allowed players to resume exercising in small groups.

Silver chief executive officer, Thokozani Chimbali said the players were exercising at the teams’ base—Silver Stadium—in a group of not more than seven.

Football, like other sporting activity, remain suspended in the country following government’s ban restricting events and public gatherings due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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Chimbali said some of the players had opted to use the facility as they were following instructions to maintain their fitness.

“It is not a sanctioned training. They are doing it by themselves just like the rest of the other teams whereas teams are training on their own. We allowed our players to run in the stands as a way of maintaining their fitness. This is not a training. Players are doing what they are supposed to do. We advised them to be not more than seven.

“When we are training the team bus picks the players. In this case they are coming on their own,” Chimbali said.

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One of the players, who did not want to be mentioned, said the team had started training.

“Tayamba training sabata yathayi [We have been training as a team for a week],” said the player.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) general secretary, Alfred Gunda said the association will investigate the issue.

“If this is indeed happening then it is very unfortunate. We will investigate the issue further and appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi a state of national disaster on March 20 following coronavirus pandemic. The order banned sporting activities and restricted public gatherings to less than 100 people.

Recently, Silver also probed some of its players for allegedly breaching Covid-19 precautionary measures after taking part in a social football match.

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