FAM warns teams against resuming full training

FAM on football training

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has maintained its stand on the suspension of games and trainings, as a way of preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The association suspended the activities a day before the start of the 2020 season on March 20 following directions by president Peter Mutharika to ban public gatherings.

But it has been noted lately that some teams are planning to return on the pitch to start light training in anticipation of the kickoff of the season in August as expected.

One such team is a Blantyre-based TNM Super League side, Ntopwa which issued a notice through its Facebook page that they were to resume training last Wednesday at Bangwe ground.

But FAM general secretary, Alfred Gunda said it not proper for the teams to do so as they are still engaging government and other stakeholders to ensure safe return of the teams on the pitch.

"FAM would like to remind Member Associations and their respective clubs that no trainings and football matches are allowed until FAM gets permission and guidance from Malawi Government to do so.

"Football Clubs are therefore requested not to contravene the Government rules on Covid19 preventive Measures. Failure to do so will attract sanctions that will include suspension from the FAM Covid 19- Relief programme and others that FAM may deem fit as stipulated in the FAM Disciplinary Code," said Gunda.

Last week, FAM delegates, including president Walter Nyamilandu and other members of the COVID-19 Taskforce within the association had a meeting with the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Francis Phiso and other officials on the same.

FAM members presented a roadmap on the safe return of the game which was developed by the COVID-19 taskforce.

The roadmap proposes that the season resume in August. 

Meanwhile, the two groups will also have a meeting with Health officials on Saturday to discuss the safety measures for resuming the sport.

Sulom president, Tiya Somba-Banda also told the media over the week that they will be meeting on Saturday to discuss the way forward as guided by the proposal FAM has made to government on the return of the sport.