Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it will test all Nyasa Big Bullets contacts for Covid-19 following positive results for the virus for 11 of the team’s players and officials.
In a statement released on Tuesday signed by the association’s competitions communications and director Gomezgani Zakazaka, FAM commended the team for taking the initiative to test players and officials.
Reads the statement in part: “Take note that we are swiftly arranging for the testing of all the people who were in contact with Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club personnel during their most recent fixture, including players, officials, referees and ball [boys]. All football stakeholders are being advised not to panic as the situation is under control.”
FAM Covid-19 Task Force also commended Nyasa Big Bullets for testing their players after showing Covid-19 symptoms and for further testing the entire team as primary contacts to the positive colleagues in line with national guidelines on contact tracing.
“The task force is working very closely with Super League of Malawi (Sulom), the teams and Ministry of Health in ensuring adherence to national Covid-19 and football restart guidelines,” reads the statement.
Among those to be tested are Moyale Barracks players and officials. Referee, Alfred Kaphamtengo, first assistant referee Richard Shumba, second assistant referee Smart Moses and reserve referee Fredrick Kholopa, who handled the game, will also be tested.