Football fans in Malawi have reacted negatively to the announcement made by the Presidential Taskforce on Tuesday, easing COVID-19 regulations.
The Taskforce chairperson, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda gave a nod to 250 supporters patronising outdoor sports activities like football.
Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers supporters committee general secretaries, Mabvuto Chibambo and Sam Mponda respectively, told Zodiak radio that the Taskforce should have given them a chance to patronise matches normally.
The two were reacting in reference to the Blantyre derby between their two teams citing it would be difficult to control the fans.
“What was needed is that spectators should be allowed to watch the games while adhering to strict COVID-19 preventive measures, otherwise it will be difficult to control who should get into the stadium to watch the matches.
"Put teams depend on gate money and have suffered a lot over the last months. This is the chance for them to get something from the matches. Think of teams like Karonga, Chitipa United which are already struggling financially,” Chibambo said.
Mponda also concurred with Chibambo saying in some stadia like Mzuzu, fans climbed the wall and were able to watch the matches from there without even facemasks.
“So, it is better we let the fans in while observing the measures,” he added.
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) vice general secretary, who is also COVID-19 desk officer said they are happy that government has allowed the stadiums to have fans.
Nyirenda said as usual, they will follow the measures as outlined, but said control is in the hands of the police who are hired to provide security.
“We are happy that we have been given a nod. We will be following guidelines as usual. We thank sports lovers for their patience. Let us patronise our games as this is a relief to our teams financially,” Nyirenda.
Super League resumed last month with 50 people allowed to patronise the stadiums. Including players and other officials.