No show as Coronavirus takes centre stage


As the world has been hit by the coronavirus which has affected many sporting displines, the Confederation of Southern African football association (cosafa) has announced the postponement of this years women’s under 17 championship which was to take place from April 17-26 in Mauritius.

The Malawi under 17 women’s team was expected to take part at the tournament after being drawn in group A together with Botswana, Eswatin and the host.
Speaking to the press on Monday, cosafa general secretary Sue Destombes said they couldn’t go on with fulfilling the tournament dates at a time the whole world has been hit by a deadly pandemic, hence the need to prioritise the health of different stakeholders involved in the sport. The host of the tournament has also restricted movement of people into the nation.
“It is disappointing that the tournament has been postponed because of the coronavirus which made the host country Mauritius to close it’s boarders as one of the measures to safeguard it’s people and we have to respect that,” said Destombes.

The general secretary further said that the Confederate of African football (CAF) suspended the qualifying games for the 2021 African cup of nations as one way of putting at heart the health of the players, them as an affiliate of CAF have also considered that.
“The health of all involved stakeholders such as the players, coaches and administrators has to be our priorities hence our decision to postpone the tournament. We will wait to find the right time to stage the tournament which is key to women’s football development in the region,” he said.

In a rated development, it remains to be seen as the Super League of Malawi (SULOM) in conjunction with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) will let the 2020 TNM super league kick off on Saturday 21 March. The coronavirus has lead to the suspension of games in leagues such as the ABSA premier league in South Africa, English premier league in England as well the Serial A league in Italy among the many postponed games.


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