The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 is today expected to decide on FAM’s request for a special waiver of 98 people at matches.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) made the request through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on February 9 2021 arguing that with the current public gathering restriction to 50 people, it is practically impossible to organise an elite match.
Ministry of Youth and Sports director of sports Jameson Ndalama said in an interview yesterday that the task force will make a determination at its meeting today.
“It’s on the agenda for tomorrow’s [today] meeting, that’s where a decision will be made,” he said.
Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 co-chairperson Khumbize Kandodo-Chiponda, who is also Minister of Health, was not available for comment.
But FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda said they are hopeful that the request will be approved based on the revised guidelines which they submitted.
“Having approved the resumption of schools, we are optimistic that the task force will grant us clearance,” he said.
The FAM GS also said although they are behind their schedule of resuming tomorrow, they are not panicking.
“If the approval will be granted then we might resume TNM Super League games this weekend as long as we implement all the proposed guidelines.
“And if they [task force] give us a date then well and good, we will adjust our programme, “ said Gunda.
Following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths, government last month gazetted new prevention laws which restrict public gatherings to 50 people, a development which led the Super League of Malawi to announce a three-week recess to assess the situation.
The three weeks have since elapsed.