FAM to plan for new season with AFCON shifted

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Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says the postponement of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will give room for them to implement plans for the new season expected to kick off in August.

On Tuesday, CAF announced that the 2021 AFCON finals which were to be staged in Cameroon will be played in 2022 as most African countries have been affected by coronavirus.

Speaking in an interview, FAM competitions and communications manager Gomezgani Zakazaka said this will help the FA focus on the local tournament’s as the national team will not be in action this year.

“CAF has made a good decision to move the AFCON finals to 2022 as this will give time for national teams to play the remaining qualifying matches as we have four national team games to be played in as far as the 2021 AFCON qualifiers are concerned which were supposed to be played by August this year.
This means that come next year, our national team will be engaged to play the AFCON qualifiers and world cup qualifiers.

“The postponement will also help FAM to implement a good plan for the new season which is expected to start in August. We had our season starting in March to December but this time the season will start in August which means a lot of things will need to be looked at. This will also give the FA the chance to concentrate on local competitions,” said Zakazaka.

In the 2020/21 season, FAM is expected to roll out the TNM super league together with other cup tournaments such as the Airtel Top 8, FISD Challenge cup and the one that is still to be launched, the FDH bank cup.

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