TNM super league teams have come into the open and voice out their concerns over the deadly Corona virus pandemic which has made the super league of Malawi (SULOM) to postpone kick off of the 2020 season which was slated for Saturday 21 March.
Sulom released a statement on Friday postponing the start of this year’s football season after the state president professor Arthur Peter Muthalika addressed the national and restricted gatherings of more than 100 people as one way of preventing the spread of the virus which most of the teams have positively welcomed it to put the lives of their players safe.
Reacting to the postponement, 2019 TNM super league champions Nyasa Big Bullets through administrative officer Albert Chigoga said despite games not being played their team will not stop doing training.
“Kick off of the new season has been postponed but as for Bullets we will still keep the team together and the boys will be doing their normal training. We have made this decision as we don’t know when we will be told to kick off the league hence we don’t want to be caught by surprise as by then our players might have lost shape to start our title defence in a good way”, said Chigoga.
On the other hand, capital city giants Silver Strikers has expressed worries as the postponement of the start of the new season will need them to expand their budget for the season, sentiments seconded by northern region side Karonga united.
Speaking in an interview, chief executive officer for Silver Strikers Thokozani Chimbali said,
“We have welcomed sulom’s decision to postpone kick off of the new season amidst fears of the corona virus which has affected most parts of the world and has led to the cancellation of most sports games for the safety of both the players and the fans. We were prepared to start winning games but there is nothing we can do about it now only that our budget for the season needs to be increased as we have to still give the boys training allowances and obviously the season will not end earlier as planned”, said Chimbali.