COVID19 - FAM, SULOM to Meet Over 2020 Football Calendar
Football Association of Malawi- FAM and Super League of Malawi- SULOM are expected to meet over the weekend to discuss on the possibility of changing the 2020 football calendar following the suspension of the kick-off of the this year’s football season due to coronavirus concerns.
According to SULOM’s general secretary Williams Banda they are still observing the 30 days ban on public gatherings of over 100 people issued by President Peter Mutharika last week but if the coronavirus concerns prevail’ the football season might extend to next year which is likely to affect the kickoff of 2021 football season as well.
“At the moment we can only wish for the best because this pandemic has really affected us a lot and it’s only fair to say we are in constant talks with the government on every arising developments.
“If we are to agree with the FA to change the calendar then it’s obvious we will be fixing matches midweek to catch up with time. If time doesn’t allow it’s also obvious that the games might extend to next year probably in February or March will have to see about that.” Banda said.
2020 football season was due to kick start last Saturday with Nyasa Big Bullets facing Blue Eagles but due to the directive by President Peter Mutharika that all public gatherings such as weddings, funerals and church services should have a maximum of 100 people.
Meanwhile President Mutharika announced drastic measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Malawi, including suspension of mass gatherings and closure of schools which forced the FA and SULOM to follow suit by suspending all football related activities.
Muntharika said despite not having a case, Malawi needs to prepare in advance, assuring people that his government is doing all it could to put any threat at bay.
Government has since set aside K15 billion towards measures against the spread of the virus.