By Draxon Maloya
In a bid to resume football activities in the country the Football AssociatAssociation of Malawi led by its president, Walter Nyamilandu caught up with government to map the way forward on how best football activities can be resumed.
According to FAM’s Gomezgani Zakazaka’s communique to the media, the soccer governing body on Monday held a meeting with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in Lilongwe where it presented its roadmap to restart football in August following suspension of football activities in March 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“A high-level delegation of FAM led by President Walter Nyamilandu Manda made a presentation to the Minister Hon Francis Phiso MP on a proposed plan on how to start playing football in the safest manner possible in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic,
“This comes at a time when it is imminent that the pandemic will persist for a long time hence the need to find a way of living safely with it.
“The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Malawi National Council of Sports were satisfied with the plan of action and the strides that have been made so far by FAM to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic,” reads part of the communique
The letter further state that as a way forward, a working meeting has been organized this weekend with the Ministry and Medical experts to examine the COVID-19 safety measures that have been put in place.
Further steps will be announced before the end of this month once consultations have been finalized with all key stakeholders which will include Sponsors, Football Clubs and Supporters.
There have been an outcry from soccer enthusiasts in the country who even petitioned the soccer governing body calling for an immediate resumption of football activities looking at the way how crowds could be gathered at political campaign rallies in the wake of next week’s fresh presidential election.
Government of Malawi banned all activities that could mobilize up to more than 100 people in the wake of fighting against coronavirus, a development which led to the closure of schools on 23rd March 2020.