Association of Malawi (FAM) says it will seek Confederation of African Football (CAF) permission to have spectators when Malawi’s Flames face Burkina Faso in Cameroon 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium on November 16.
CAF Emergency Committee on Friday announced specific measures for the resumption of days three and four matches which ban fans from attending.
“According to CAF’s Covid-19 protocol, all matches must be played behind closed doors, without spectators. However, if the government of the host Association wants spectators to be present, then the Association in question will need to obtain CAF’s approval,” the guideline reads in part.”
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda said following government’s announcement that spectators can now attend matches, the association will write CAF to seek permission.
He said: “We have asked government to officially write us on its decision to allow spectators during matches, so that we can use the approval when seeking CAF’s approval.”
The other CAF guidelines stipulate that if a team cannot travel to the host country and/or venue of a match due to any travel or other restriction relating to Covid-19, the team in question will be considered to have lost the match 2-0.
The guidelines further read: “If a team does not have the minimum number of 11 players (including a goalkeeper) and four (4) substitutes), it will be considered to have lost the match 2-0.
“The objective of the emergency measures is to supervise the resumption of football on the continent, by defining a plan which places an emphasis on the players and the game.
“These specific rules may be revised according to developments of the health situation in the world and specifically on the African continent.”