By: Duncan Kaonga
Football zealots in Malawi can now breathe a sigh of relief as the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 on Thursday brought forward good news about football resumption.
The Taskforce has cleared teams in the country to resume training starting from 17th October, 2020.
Confirming the good news was Minister of Health who also dubs as the Co-chair person for the Taskforce, Honourable Khumbise Kandodo Chiponda has advised teams to follow all Covid-19 preventive measures.
“As a presidential Covid committee we had a meeting today and among the things we have agreed that the teams should resume training on the 17th of October and prior to that they have to follow the COVID-19 preventive measures so that everyone should be safe and avoid new transmissions,” Said Chiponda.
The Minister has also urged all teams to test all personnel who will be active during this period like how the national team did.
Reacting to the move, one of the Football analyst, Kimu Kamau hailed the Taskforce but said all the stakeholders involved should be alert on the Covid-19.
“What I will urge Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Super League of Malawi (SULOM) and other stakeholders is to bang heads and map the way forward on how they will train all the personnel to be involved and how they will execute their duties once the season resumes,” Said Kamau.
He added that FAM and SULOM should at least focus only on the 16 top flight teams to resume action and play in the league cups which are played in the country.
Civo Sporting Club midfielder, Dan Kumwenda says the move was long overdue because as players they were facing alot of hardships.
“It’s good that we have been given a go ahead and we will have to follow the measures which will be put in place, even though we are approaching the rainy season but we are good to go,” said Kumwenda
The development comes just barely a week after the Taskforce gave a greenlight to the Flames to resume action in preparation for the upcoming international engagements.