Analyst ponder the return of football

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Football analyst in the country have asked the government to consider the resumption of football in the country following an announcement made by the Confederation of African football (CAF) that the 2022 African cup of nations (AFCON) qualifier matches will resume in November and the Malawi national football team will face Burkina Faso back to back in a space of one week.

Football in the country was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic which caused  fear that the flames might not do well if the local league which contribute players to the national team will not resume soon.

According to Higger Mkandawire, there is need for Football Association of Malawi (FAM) together with the ministry of youth and sports to talk to the government over the possibility of the sport resuming soon.

“It can be good if the season might be allowed to start so that those players that feature for the national team should have time to gain their fitness levels after staying for a long time without playing football.

“We can not depend on the few players who are playing football outside the country as the local players give competition which is healthy for the team and we need to plan well against Burkina Faso for us to do better. For that reason, we hope the government will consider the game to start soon,” he said.

The flames are in group B of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers together with Burkina Faso, Uganda and South Sudan and the team is on 3rd position on the standings with 3 points from 2 games.

Reports indicate that the FA has in it’s improvised roadmap sent to government on the resumption of football set the deadline of 30 September for the season to start.

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