Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will have to decide with all it’s affiliates on whether to implement the new rule set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) when football games resume after the Coronavirus pandemic.
IFAB on Friday released a temporary five substitutions optional rule to be used by competitions which have either started or intend to start but are scheduled to end by 31 December 2020 as one way of seeking to protect the welfare of players.
Speaking in an interview, FAM competitions manager Gomezgani Zakazaka emphasized the need for FA to sit down and plan well if they are to go by the temporary new rule bases on when the league will kick off.
“They have put a condition for competitions which will end by 31 December 2020 and not beyond that. With the situation here at home, we are yet to set a new date for kick off of the new season which was to run for 9 months from March to December. We therefore need to sit down and map the way forward as to whether the season will be compressed to less than 9 months to end in December 2020 otherwise if it goes to 2021 then it’s obvious the new rule will not be adopted,” said Zakazaka.
Currently IFAB rule allows a maximum of three substitutions in all competitions all over the world.