Be Forward Wanderers football club assistant coach Oscar Kaunda has backed the decision proposed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) that temporarily five substitutions should be allowed in a competitive match once games resume.
On Friday, IFAB agreed to make a temporary amendment to the laws of the game as they seek to protect the welfare of players that all competitions all over the world which have either started or intend to start but are scheduled to end by 31st December 2020, have the right to adopt the temporary rule.
With the 2020 football season yet to kick off in the country due to corona virus, and with the resumption of games in some major leagues in Europe it is giving hope to Malawians who love football that the season might start soon and Wanderers assistant coach Oscar Kaunda has asked football association of Malawi (FAM) to consider adopting the temporary rule.
“The players have spent much time without playing competitive football and it will be difficult for them to give a 100 per cent performance when they return on the pitch and the players will need to play a lot of games to accommodate the football calendar. For that reason, the temporary rule will be helpful as it will bring competition and balance for teams and players since it will be difficult for players to endure the 90 minutes when the season begins”, said Kaunda.
The 2020 football season in Malawi was expected to kick off on 21st of March and the calendar was expected to accommodate the TNM super league, Airtel top 8 cup, FISD challenge cup and the to launch the FDH bank cup with some players being called to play for the Malawi national football team in African cup of nations (AFCON) as well as world cup qualifiers respectively.