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Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19 Okays Flames camp

Dr. John Phuka - Co-Chairperson Covid-19 Presidential Taskforce

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has held its determination on Super League resumption until at least Thursday next week.

In March this year, the Malawi government announced measures that prohibited mass gatherings and encouraged social distancing with an aim of mitigating the further of COVID-19 global health pandemic.

Effectively, the directive threw all sporting activities in shambles, forcing the cancellation of all competitions by all Sports Associations in the country.

And for the first time in Malawis history, a pandemic grounded to a complete halt all sporting activities with no end for the lifting of the suspension insight.

However, on Thursday, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 Dr. John Phuka breathed a new lease of life into all sports lovers, especially football devotees.

Dr. Phuka told the press in the capital, Lilongwe that after hours of deliberations on the proposed football restart roadmap, the taskforce found it necessary to allow the Malawi National Football Team regroup ahead of the COSAFA Cup tournament next month in South Africa.

“Having looked at the proposed Flames camp covid-19 preventive guideline, the taskforce is satisfied with the roadmap.

As such the committee gives ago ahead to the Malawi National Football team with its preparations for its participation in the upcoming Cosafa cup”, Dr, Phuka said.

Last week, FAM drew a number of preventive measures to be observed by the national football team players while in camp ahead of international events.

Among them include, conducting Covid-19 tests on players and the backroom staff, disinfect Mpira Village premises together with rooms, stadium and offices before camping starts.

The partial lifting of the suspension on football activities in the country did not however cover the resumption of super league football.

“As a committee we will on Thursday next week meet to come up with information on when the countrys super league can resume the disrupted 2020 season kickoff.

This is the case because the taskforce has asked the ministry of Sports to address a few glaring areas observed in the proposed road map”, the Taskforce Chairperson added.

On Friday last week, Flames players and technical staff tested for Covid-19 ahead of camping.

The the tests took place  Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre as well as Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

According to Dr Phuka, the recent drop in the number of new COVID – 19 cases, coupled with low deaths and an improved recovery rate is encouraging.

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