A meeting by FAM, Sulom and Super League last week resolved that qualified medical personnel should be hired during Super League games.
This followed Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda’s observation that teams in the top-flight league use non-qualified medical personnel during football matches.
Nyirenda said the recent tragic experiences locally and internationally should be a turning point.
“It is sad that in most Super League games, teams do not have doctors on their benches, neither do they have simple first-aid kits. They just have cold water which is poured on injured players.
“That is not on. We need proper doctors to treat players as well as any other emergencies on the pitch.
“For starters, FAM will engage qualified doctors to assist both teams during Super League matches,” said Nyirenda.
The meeting further recommended that FAM should engage institutions that are interested to partner FAM to offer special medical services.
Former Flames and Bullets midfielder John CJ Banda and upcoming Bullets youngster Clement Mvula collapsed and died on the pitch two years ago after failing to get proper treatment.
Recently, Fifa urged football associations to put in place proper medical systems during games following last year’s incident in England where Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch.