By Duncan Kaonga
The Football Association of Malawi(FAM) today had an interaction with the media at the Mpira Village in Blantyre as part of the consultations with key football stakeholders on the Football Restart Road Map.
The country’s football governing body is working on resuming the game, which was suspended on 20 March, 20 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and has so far had a meeting with the team’s which ply their trade in the elite TNM super league.
Speaking after the meeting chairperson for COVID-19 FAM task force, Chimango Munthali said the encounter with the media was productive as they are a key stakeholder in efforts to restart football in the country.
“When ever we talk about football we can’t leave out the media because of the role they play as far as being the catalysts between what we want to deliver as a product and our targeted group who are the customers and we feel it is important that they are updated and they should also have input on what we are trying to drive as far as football restart is concerned,
The discussions have been very productive from an angle where we are saying people are updated and where people have dropped in their input interms of some insight which are very key in developing a model that will not just work for the players, technical panel but even for the media in making sure that they have access to information as far as football is concerned when it is being played and even outside the football playing pitches,” said Munthali
On his part, Sports writers association of Malawi vice general secretary, Pledge Jali applauded FAM for the meeting saying it is the way to go as football restart is concerned in the country.
“The meeting was very important putting into consideration that as sports writers we play a big role in promoting the game so we thank FAM for inviting us to express our views on Football Restart during this pandemic but we asked the football governing body to consider access to information should be put in place as there will be measures so that people do not spread the virus,” Said Jali
The season was expected to resume in August but it was hit by a snag as the ministry of sports is yet to respond to the matter.
During the meeting some of the plans discussed was to play in an empty stadium, playing with limited number of fans and a limited number of journalists will be allowed in.
With the rise of the Covid-19 cases rising in the country it’s clear that it will have an impact on the season to kick off.
The 2020 season was suspended in March after the government declared a state of disaster as a way of fight the spread of Coronavirus and FAM has plans to put 2020 TNM super league season on Television.