Analyst ponder on opening of season

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Football exparts in the country have asked football association of Malawi (FAM) and super league of Malawi (SULOM) to question the Malawi government if the football season which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic can kick off.

The sentiments have been made sighting the breaking of restrictions put in place to avoid the spread of corona virus which among others banned social gatherings of more than 100 people.

Last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, thousands of people were seen gathering in the streets of Blantyre without observing social distance when presidential candidates in the fourth coming 2 July 2020 presidential elections, Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika and Dr Lazarus Chakwera went to present their nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Analyst Kimu Kamawu has questioned why the government is failing to open doors for football in the country which brings unity and entertainment to thousands of Malawians when politicians are enjoying the same right.

“Those leaders who were giving us instructions to observe the social distance rules as one way of preventing the coronavirus pandemic are now holding political rallies where they are not observing social distancing. This is worrisome as only politicians are enjoying the right to gather when some of us on the football side are being denied the same right.

“FAM and SULOM need to wake up and ask the government officials to observe the same rules which are being followed in churches as well as supermarkets and let the games kick off,” Kamau said.

Former Big Bullets football club general secretary Higger Mkandawire has seconded Kamau’s remarks saying

“FAM need to consult the ministry of health on how preventive measures can be followed to the game of football as we have seen politicians doing their campaign while our football calendar has been put on hold.”

The 2020 football season was expected to kick off on 21st of March but was postponed after President Arthur Peter Muthalika declared the national state of disaster due to the coronavirus pandemic which led to banning of all social gatherings as a preventive measure to the virus.

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