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BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—In a twist of events, Malawi National Council of Sports has spoke against commencement of the new football season, arguing the environment is not safe to lift the ban on the country’s sports activities.

Stakeholders agreed to resume football after football lovers petitioned the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) last month, asking for resumption of football games which were banned on Marcch 20 due to covid-19 pandemic.

The fans also delivered a letter to Sports Council as they intensified their campaign to have the sports ban lifted.

On Monday, FAM presented a roadmap for the resumption of football to Sports Minister Francis Phiso who called for patience as stakeholders needed to deliberate on the matter.

But according to Malawi News, a senior Sports Council official told a meeting of various stakeholders in Mangochi Friday that athletes risk contracting Covid-19 if they return to action.

The official said it is not safe for both players and supporters because the covid-19 cases are now on the increase than before.

 “While appreciating that the general understanding out there is that football in particular and all other sporting disciplines in general must return, it was observed that we still have a long way to go to match our counterparts in Europe who have restarted their games.

“Their players get tested before and after matches and those who test positive are isolated. Their monitoring system is so advanced and cannot be compared to ours. So the official was skeptical about lifting the ban,” the source said as quoted in Malawi News.

Fam president Walter Nyamilandu presented a comprehensive proposal to Phiso in Lilongwe on how they intend to resume football in the country by August.

Sports Council Acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka, as head of the country’s sports implementation arm, was also present during the presentation.

Among other things, Fam wants the number of supporters attending matches reduced and implementation of a mandatory testing of players’ body temperatures before games.

The country’s football governing body also wants observation of social distance by all stakeholders during matches.

The suspension has had adverse effects on teams which rely on gate revenue to sustain most of their operations.

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