By Victor Singano Junior
Football writer kick442.com-Malawi
The Super League of Malawi (SULOM) has suspended the local TNM elite league for the next three weeks after just being rolling for eight weeks only with the aim of recessing and observing the newly gazetted Covid-19prevention laws announced the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
According to a press statement released on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 SULOM says it has decided to put the league on hold following the clarification by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 that the restrictions of public gathering which has been reduced from 100 to 50 people will also includes athletes.
Football followers in Malawi were allowed entry into stadia’s from the first six weeks only and they were later bared from watching the games after the Presidential Task Force indicated that public gatherings should not exceed 100 people, a development that forced the league to be played under closed doors.
Part of the statement reads, “With the new FIFA five substitutes rule, players are already 20 per team (40) plus seven technical officers (14) thus the total number of teams on the pitch is already 54. This excludes match officials, the media, paramedics, stewards and police. With the new laws in place, it is therefore, impossible to have a match played under minimum requirements as stipulated by world football governing body (FIFA)”.
Reacting to the development Malawi’s football powerhouse who are also the super league defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets F.C Chief Administrations Officer Albert Chigoga explained the news a sad news considering that the team was geared in preparing for their next games but he also quickly thanked SULOM for its decision to called off games for three weeks saying the situation isn’t really good with the second wave of global Corona Virus pandemic.
“It’s a situation that we understand as we all know that the new wave has hit the nation hard. Honestly with the new laws that only 50 people should gather at one place, under this circumstances it is indeed difficult for football to continue and as a club we’ve welcomed the idea.
“so far we’ll wait and continue preparing until the resumption will be communicated to us. We just urge our followers to keep safe by following all the precautionary measures all the time,” said Chigoga.
Currently, Silver Strikers is topping the 16 teams log table with 19 points with just a difference of goal aggregates against rookies Ekwendeni Hammers and Red Lions are on second and third positions with the same number of points (19) respectively.