Bingu National Stadium

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Football clubs have to brace for tough times following a decision by the government to revert to earlier Covid-19 restrictions that include a ban of public gatherings for over 100 people.

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has announced the sealing of the country’s borders and banned gatherings of over 100 people for the next two weeks to control the spread of Covid-19.

Announcing the measures in Lilongwe yesterday, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda, who is also co-chair of the task force expressed shock over the fast rising cases of Covid-19, most of which are imported.

Commenting on the restrictions, Malawi National Sports Council acting Chief Executive Secretary Henry Mereka said the government’s decision means football will be played behind closed doors.

“This means spectators cannot be allowed to watch matches during the said period,” said Mereka.

The new measures have come at a time football lovers were waiting with bated breaths for a Blantyre derby – between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers- which is slated for January 2, 2021.

Most clubs in the country’s top flight league survive on gate revenues and the new measures will affect their already shrinking pulse negatively.

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