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Malawi Postpones Kick-Off of New Season2 minutes read

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The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) have announced the postponement of the 2020/2021 football season which was scheduled to kick-off on November 14. The kick-off is now scheduled for November 21 because the earlier date clashes with the national teams 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The change of the kick-off date was confirmed by FAM competition and commercialization director Gomezani Zakazaka.

Zakazaka said there was communication from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stating that Malawi will play away in Burkina Faso on November 12 while the return leg is on November 16.

“As the result the Ecobank Charity Shield will be played on the weekend of November 21 to 22.

“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,” said Zakazaka.

The new league season was to commence in March, but was put on hold because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic which led to the government suspending all sporting activities in the country.

The meeting resolved that the new season will resume with the Charity Shield and the TNM League will commence a week later, and the league season will come to an end in July 2021.

There will also be an allocation of K62.2 million to the referees of the Super League and also for match organization costs. This decision was made because the league is set to resume without spectators, therefore no gate fees.

“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.

The Malawi Senior Women’s National team will participate in the COSAFA Women’s Championship scheduled for November in South Africa, the Committee also approved.

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Gor Mahia captain confident ahead of new season

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Captain of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia, Kenneth Muguna says his side is not worried about the 2020/2021 season as they are targeting maximum points in all their matches.

Muguna says the team is only focusing on being ready for the new season and not the league fixtures.

“We are not concentrating so much on the fixtures, we are not worried about it at all,” Muguna said.

“We are focused on being ready before the league resumes because I know once we are physically and mentally ready, we can tackle any team on earth.

“We are going to try and win all our matches because we know by doing so, we stand a chance of winning trophies at the end of the season.”

K’Ogalo recently appointed a new Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira and added some new players to the team.

“The team is fine so far, we are creating a bond that will make us operate together as a team – the aim is, to find a working formula,” Muguna added.

Also, new Gor Mahia signing, Bernard Ondiek says the fans should wait for the start of the new league season with optimism.

“We are geared for the season start and we have new players who are really gelling well as expected. Gor Mahia always get good players and for the fans, I want you to expect much [more] from us than we gave last season,” he said.

“For now, I can say all the focus is on the Champions League, and obviously we have been there and we know what to do. Since we have some experiences in the Champions League, we are now well prepared to tackle it more than the other seasons.

“All we are going for is the Champions League as it is a nice experience for every player in this team. But again, if you do not prepare well, it will be hard to make it.

“All I can say is the fans should be geared for it and I am very happy and confident because we will do good in the Champions League.”

Gor Mahia are set to start off their new season with a fixture against 11-time KPL champions Tusker FC, and later face Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United, Sofapaka FC, and newly promoted Bidco United.

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Kenyan President Flags Off Construction Of World Class Sports Complex in Kisumu

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially launched the construction of the Sh415 million Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu.

Kenyatta assured the youth his government will come good on their campaign promise to improve sporting infrastructure across the nation.

The President said he is determined to have stadiums built in all the regions to help young talents across the country realize their full potential.

Accompanied by opposition leader Raila Odinga, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Kenyatta further assured that the renovations will be complete in six months.

“I am here with my brother Raila (Odinga) to lay the foundation stone. The contractor has assured me that the venue will be ready in April (next year). So we will come back to open it with a football match involving Gor Mahia and our brothers from Ingoo (AFC Leopards). I am asking Lusaka to go and prepare his team,” said Kenyatta, amid cheers from the crowd.

“It is my wish to see the youth playing internationally for teams like Liverpool and Manchester. We are building these international facilities and you should also work hard to ensure that happens,” said Uhuru.

“We had planned to build this stadium at the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground but were informed the venue is not adequate. So we have shifted the project here. We have talked to your governor and he has agreed to support this project,” he added.

After its completion, the venue will be able to host 30,000 spectators join the Moi Stadium in Kisumu as a ground capable of hosting international and Kenyan Premier League matches.

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FKF Re-Appoint Jacob “Ghost” Mulee As Harambee Stars Coach

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced that it has re-appointed Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee as Kenya’s national team coach. Mulee who returns after a 10-year absence has been handed a three-year deal and he replaces Francis Kimanzi who parted ways with the team on Tuesday.

The tactician was officially unveiled on Wednesday 21 October and has been charged with the task of leading Kenya’s Harambee Stars back to the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be hosted by Cameroon in 2022 as well as giving a strong shot at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers set to start in June next year.

“He is Kenyan and knows Kenyan football,” newly re-elected FKF President Nick Mwendwa said. “He has been there, done that. He has been to the Africa Cup of Nations before and now he has another chance to be there and use that knowledge to try and do better.”

The 52-year-old Mulee had four previous spells as Harambee Stars coach. The highlight of his career was leading Kenya to the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia. He also led them to various CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup triumphs.

Nicknamed “Ghost”, he also coached Tusker FC with whom he won three league titles, as well as Rwanda’s APR and Tanzania’s Young Africans.

“First of all, I want to thank the federation for again having faith that I can steer the team to the Afcon and World Cup,” he said. “We had a very lengthy discussion as to what the ambition of the federation is after the election and after seeing the working conditions are favourable, I said that I can give it a try.

“I know it is a good thing to handle a national team but at the same time a difficult task because we have two tough games coming up against Comoros, they are two very important games for Kenya, however, I believe that with the team that I saw against Zambia, the team that has played the first two qualifiers, there is a big possibility that we have a squad to take us to the Afcon.

“My focus now is on how to deal with Comoros, I know it is a difficult match but I think if we can manage to win the first game at home, then we will be good to go.”

His first task will be to assemble a team for the qualifiers in less than two weeks. Kenya will face Comoros on 11 November in Nairobi before traveling for the return tie four days later in Moroni.

Mulee also believes he can do well in the World Cup qualifiers, with Kenya set to battle Mali as well as neighbors Rwanda and Uganda for a chance to move to the second and final phase of qualification.

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