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Football players threaten to hold protests against league suspension

Top flight football league players are planning to hold street protest to force the authorities to allow them to resume matches.

The players under their umbrella body, Football Players Association-FPA Malawi, believe they can continue playing football while adhering to all Covid-19 preventive measures.

Football games were re-suspended 3 weeks ago in adherence to new Covid-19 restrictions set by the government which among others order for a maximum of fifty people at a gathering.

The status quo will remain for a further two weeks until the government gives fresh guidance regarding social gatherings.

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Mangani- We are waiting for feedback

FPA Malawi General Secretary, Ernest Mangani argues that the suspension is affecting their livelihood.

“Our members depend on football and the suspension means they have all been affected. We are talking about over four hundred members, ” Mangani said.

Mangani  was however quick to point out that they may not rush to take to the streets on the matter as they are trying to follow proper channels in handling their concerns.

“When we wrote the Super League of Malawi-SULOM in January about our concerns, we were told to wait for 3 weeks and then we are waiting for their feedback,” he added.

But should their concerns not be addressed, the players threaten to demonstrate.

SULOM officials are yet to comment on the development.

Across the boarders, football games continue to be played without spectators in adherence to Covid19 restrictions.

Elsewhere, media reports indicate that the Qatari 2022 World Cup organisers have insisted that matches will be staged in stadiums operating at 100 percent of capacity even as the global fight against coronavirus drags on.

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