The ongoing TNM Super League first-round games will now be played behind closed doors due to an upsurge in coronavirus cases, Malawi football authorities have announced.

Super League of Malawi (SULOM) made the announcement on Wednesday, a day after the government announced new measures to contain the spread of the virus which has seen 199 people out of the affected 7,110 dying since April 2019.

All games shall be played under closed sessions of not more than a 100 people gathering. We would like to assure all our stakeholders that safety and security at the match venues will be enhanced to ensure that all the measurers are adhered to.

Further, Chitowe Stadium, which is managed by Illovo, has been closed to the general public with immediate effect until further notice due to an upsurge of COVID-19 cases in Dwangwa Estate,” SULOM says.

Last week, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Covid-19 Task Force and SULOM confirmed that nine players for defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets FC had tested positive for coronavirus.

Bullets are in eighth place with eight points from five games on the 16-member log table which Civil Sporting FC lead with 14 points from six games.

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