The much awaited 2020/2021 football season is set to officially throw off on November 14, 2020, the Football Association of Malawi Central Executive Committee has resolved.
All sporting activities including football were suspended in early March this year in the wake of the Covid-19 health pandemic outbreak in the country. The suspension took effect on the eve of the 2020 TNM Super League kickoff.
Three weeks ago, government lifted the ban due to the sharp decline in new Covid-19 infections and deaths and directed that sports training sessions resumes on the seventeenth of this month.
Additionally, government ordered that all sports activities restart without spectators and that players and athletes must first undergo Covid-19 tests.
A leaked statement issued by FAM on Saturday says the decision to officially kickoff season in the second week of November is one of the key resolutions made during the quarterly meeting held at Chatonda Lodge in Chintheche on Saturday October 3, 2020.
According to the statement, the season, which will run up to July 2021, will start with the Charity Shield on 14-15 November 2020 and the Super League will kick off a week later, adding the full calendar will be released in due course.
Furthermore, the statement says the Committee also resolved to allocate the USD83,000 (MK 62.2 million) that was earmarked for contingency in the second Phase of FAM COVID-19 Relief Program towards Super League Referees and Match Organization costs.
“On top of giving Super League of Malawi USD20,000 (K15 million) for Operations as well as K10 million to each of the 16 clubs, FAM Executive decided to allocate an extra USD83,000 towards referees and match organization costs.
Since the League will start without fans there will be need for special funds to cater for referees and other match expenses which are normally covered by gate revenue. So, this is why we have decided to allocate the contingency money for this purpose to enable us start football,” said FAM General Secretary Alfred Gunda.
The Committee also approved the participation of the Malawi Senior Women’s National team in the COSAFA Women’s Championship scheduled for November in South Africa.
Processes to assemble the team to start preparations are expected to start this week and on the other hand, the Committee resolved not to join the COSAFA Under 17 Women’s championship for 2020.
The Men’s U17 and U20 teams have also been cleared to participate at their respective COSAFA championships in December which are Zonal qualifiers for the 2021 CAF Youth Championships.