The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) have announced that Malawi’s 2020/2021 season which was scheduled to return on November 14 with the domestic cup (Charity Shield) has been pushed forward by a week to the weekend of November 21.
The earlier date clashes with the national team’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
FAM competition and commercialisation director Gomezani Zakazaka has confirmed the changes that have been approved by the association after receiving a communique from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The letter from CAF alerted FAM of the national team’s fixtures and explained that Malawi will play away in Burkina Faso on November 12 while the return leg is on November 16.
“As a result, the Ecobank Charity Shield will be played on the weekend of 21 November. The TNM Super League kick-off has been affected since it has to be played a week after the Charity Shield which marks the beginning of the football calendar,” explained Zakazaka.
The new season was supposed to have kicked off in March but was put on hold because of the government directive to suspend all sporting activities in the country due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
During their meeting, the FAM executive committee resolved that the season will start with the Charity Shield and the TNM League will kick off a week later, with the league season coming to an end in July next year.
The meeting also resolved to allocate K62.2 million towards the referees of the Super League and Match Organization costs. This decision was made because the league will resume without spectators, therefore there will be no gate collections and some money boosts will be needed.
“On top of giving Super League of Malawi K15 million for operations as well as K10 million to each of the 16 clubs, FAM Executive decided to allocate an extra 62.2 million Kwacha towards referees and organization costs,” concluded ZakaZaka
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.
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