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.