FAM at crossroads as they wait for govt clearance

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Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it is still waiting for the government to give it clearance for the Malawi national football team to regroup and start preparations ahead of the 2020 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) tournament scheduled to start on 7-15 October in South Africa.

Since the suspension of football in March in the country this year due to covid-19, the government is yet to clear the return of the sport and with time ticking on the clock ahead of the regional football tournament, the FA planned that the flames regroup last Sunday but that was cancelled on the 11th hour.

According to FAM general secretary, Alfred Gunda said the association already put in place good measures to safeguard the players against the spread of covid-19 once they allow the team to regroup.
“We already disinfected the stadium and even the lodge at Mpira village as we await the clearance from the government for the team to regroup ahead of the COSAFA tournament. We even tested the players expected to go to the camp but all we are waiting for is the clearance from the government on when we can resume the practices.

“One thing I can ask the government is to consider us being in a global village and it will be good to let the team regroup to take part in the tournament,” he said.

The flames are also expected to play against Burkina Faso in November in the qualifies of the African cup of nations (AFCON) and the football fraternity says the COSAFA tournament would be a good platform for the flames to shape the team ahead of the crucial match.

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