There is mist on this weekend’s derbies after Football Association of Malawi (FAM) announced that it will not release TNM Super League players who are in camp ahead of the Cosafa Cup.
TNM Super League fixtures show that Nyasa Big Bullets are scheduled to host rivals Mighty Wanderers in the Blantyre derby at Kamuzu Stadium while Silver Strikers are at home against Civil Service (Civo) United at Silver Stadium in the capital city derby.
Bullets have contributed 11 players to the national team while Silver and Wanderers have each contributed six players. On the other hand, Civo have two players in Flames camp.
According to the top-flight league rules and regulations, any team that provides more than three players, is exempted from fixtures.
In an interview, ootball FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka said once the players have tested negative for Covid-19, they will not be allowed to leave camp, to avoid exposing them to the virus before the team leaves for South Africa.
“The players will undergo final tests on Friday before departing for South Africa on Sunday. So, it will not be possible to release them,” he said.
Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga and Silver chief executive officer Thokozani Chimbali said in separate interviews they expect Sulom to reschedule the matches.
But Sulom president Tiya Somba-Banda said: “All teams that have contributed four or more players will not play as per rules and regulations.”