FAM aspirants in eligibility battle

Some of the aspirants rolling up their sleeves to challenge Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu, when he seeks a fourth four-year term this December 18, face a constitutional battle of eligibility.

Aspirants such as Owen Chomanika, Ali Mwachande, Kelvin M’mangisa, John- Gift Mwakhwawa and Wilkins Mijiga have expressed interest to challenge Nyamilandu, who U-turned last month to stand again.

Alide: Presidential aspirants should study the constitution
Alide: Presidential aspirants should study the constitution

A sticky requirement stipulated in FAM constitution is that candidates must have served in mainstream football administration at FAM affiliate level for five consecutive years prior to elections, which according to interpretation, on paper may render the likes of Mwakhwawa and Mijiga ineligible.

FAM legal subcommittee chairperson Jabbar Alide yesterday advised presidential aspirants to study diligently the constitution, which he noted, does not refer to those who served in the association’s adhoc committees.

“Serving in a committee of an affiliate does not mean that you have served as an affiliate. FAM as an institution is like a club. Being an association, FAM has membership and members are affiliates. The constitution is designed to regulate the relationship between FAM as a corporate body and its affiliates,” Alide argued.

Mwakhwawa: As a lawyer, I am better placed to interpret the constitution
Mwakhwawa: As a lawyer, I am better placed to interpret the constitution

“That requirement is basically looking at the promotion of these people who have served in various affiliates of FAM. The constitution, in fact, just falls short of saying candidates must be affiliates only. It becomes difficult applying this interpretation to those serving in adhoc committee of FAM.”

Mwakhwawa and Mjiga have premised their presidential aspirations, which are subject to being nominated by the affiliates, on having served in FAM subcommittees for competitions and discipline, among others.

However, Mwakhwawa refused to further deeper in talk about his eligibility, stressing that “you can trust that I am a lawyer and therefore, I am slightly better placed than my colleagues in personally interpreting the FAM constitution.”

On his part, Mijiga said: “I consulted before I decided to stand during the elections and I will deal with these issues, which are being brought forward by the incumbent committee just to avoid competition.”

The association’s constitution defines an affiliate “as a league, committee and any other body affiliated to FAM” while categorising them as “leagues/regional associations subordinate to FAM and groups linked to football. This includes players, coaches, referees and the women football.”

Meanwhile, Zodiak Broadcasting Station has upped the bar for the FAM elections by announcing plans to host an unprecedented red-carpet debate for the presidential aspirants this October 31 at Bingu International Conference Centre, the station’s managing director Gospel Kazako has confirmed.

“This will be a red-carpet event. FAM is a custodian of football emotions and when a team loses it concerns all of us; hence, it is critical that the scrutiny of the candidates must not only be monopolised by affiliates. The whole nation must hear why these candidates are interested in the position,” Kazako explained.

Kazako will work hand in hand with several stakeholders, including the Sports Writers Association (Swam).—Additional reporting by SOLOMON MANDA.

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  1. Ivan_Mark_Radhakrishnan · Edit

    Thursday July 16 2OI5 and ……………………..

    __________________

    CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW THE BEST PERSON TO GUIDE MALAWI FOOTBALL!

    And those WHO OBJECT INVESTIGATE THEM ALL!

    Walter Nyamilandu is useless and like Global-Football’s SUGAR-DADDY – Joseph
    Sepp Blatter – is hanging on because the next presidents will have to uncover
    the mess they have made first, before we get Global and Malawi Football back on
    track and where they belong.

    THIS IS OBVIOUS. So, IN THE INTEREST OF MALAWI’s PEOPLE – WHO ARE THE
    MAIN FINANCERS of Malawi Football – CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION, ORDER Walter
    Nyamilandu to hand-in his resignation and CRUCIALLY, REMOVE INTEREST-FREE
    TAX-FINANCING from this crime until we have a PROPER SYSTEM forming a
    PARTNERSHIP between Malawi Football and Malawi’s People.

    NO WHERE IN THE MALAWI CONSTITUTION ARE WE MANDATED TO FINANCE CRIME and NO
    WHERE EITHER IS THERE ANY PROVISION TO FINANCE THE CRIMINALITY OF FOREIGNERS
    INCLUDING JOSEPH SEPP BLATTER. This UNFORTUNATELY is happening while
    these ‘presidents’ – ‘for life’, THEY HOPE! – hang on to positions

    THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO PROPERLY AND HONESTLY HANDLE.

    __________________

    AUDIT IN, AUDIT OUT!

    All ASPIRANTS to be president and those who wish to work for Malawi Football –
    which currently is TAX-FINANCED – MUST ACCEPT an ‘Audit In, Audit Out’
    Condition to MAKE SURE MALAWI FOOTBALL GETS THE BEST AND SETS THE EXAMPLE TO
    GLOBAL-FOOTBALL and all the People who SAW THE CRIME BUT WERE POWERLESS TO STOP
    IT.

    Joseph Sepp Blatter and his GLOBAL-CARTEL OVER 4 DECADES was NOT A
    MISTAKE! Football’s International
    Fraudster’s Association SCAM is the biggest TAX-FRAUD in the World.

    Changing the Football Association of Malawi Constitution is not only in the
    interest of The People, IT IS ALSO FOR THE SPONSORS TO MAKE SURE THEIR
    PARTNERSHIP TO MALAWI FOOTBALL IS LONG-TERMS AND WORKING IN THE INTEREST OF ALL
    PARTIES INCLUDING FOOTBALL PLAYERS and THOSE WHO REPRESENT MALAWI IN
    COMPETITIONS AND THE WORLD CUP.

    ____________________

    ……………. The FBI continued Football’s International Fight Against –
    FIFA! – CORRUPTION by extraditing to The United States of America the first
    FIFA-CRIMINAL. Minimum jail sentences of
    20 years are possible. Does Walter
    Nyamilandu not yet realize the gravity of the crime he helped construct and
    perpetuate at the Malawi Citizen’s and Tax Payer’s EXPENSE? Does he not realize Joseph Sepp Blatter LIED
    HE WAS PROTECTING THEM?

    If Blatter had THE POWER Jeffrey Webb (CONCACAF ‘president’) would not be
    sitting in a jail in The United States of America (as I type!).

    Millions upon millions of ‘lawyers’, ‘judges’, ‘accountants’, ‘bankers’, ‘economists’,
    media men etc, etc, etc and related workers across the World have been rendered
    LEGALLY-INDEFENSIBLE because THEY REMAINED SILENT ABOUT A VERY PUBLIC
    CRIME! And many of them – including the
    Blatters and the Nyamilandus actually FINANCED THEIR LIFESTYLES – @ TAX PAYER’s
    EXPENSE! – from a crime that DEPRIVED BILLIONS off basic HEALTH, EDUCATION and
    FOOD!

    ……………. and Friday July 17 2OI5 our Media informs us that Malawi has ‘fallen on
    Football’s International FAked list – the FIFA / Coca Cola ‘world rankings’!

    Walter Nyamilandu PRETENDS NOT TO REALIZE THE POISONED CHALICE playing in ‘preliminaries’
    is!

    I detailed THE CORRECT QUALIFYING SYSTEM CLOSE TO TWO DECADES AGO that DOES NOT
    DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AFRICANS and those FIFA deem will not MARKET THEM.

    Why is this ‘president’ supporting a Fixed International FormAt that highlights
    the EXTREME RACISM in FIFA, Joseph Sepp Blatter and the ‘system’ he supports?

    @ IMR’s Sporting World the CORRECT QUALIFYING FORMAT – The Single League Table
    Qualifying System – for Football’s Competitions and the World Cup is detailed.

    IF IS THE ONLY COMPETITIVE, FINANCIALLY VIABLE, STANDARD, FAIR and MARKETABLE
    WAY TO PLAY FOOTBALL!

    Why the discrimination? WHY?

  2. Ivan_Mark_Radhakrishnan · Edit

    I have the FINANCIAL, DEVELOPMENT and MARKETING CONCEPTS to make Football THE SPORT-POWERHOUSE it once was.

    I want to work for Malawi and Global-Football – WITHOUT A POSITION! I do not even want to be part of any organization. MY OFFER IS OPEN.

    And now that the Joseph Sepp Blatters have CRISIS-MANAGED OUR SPORT into dangerous territory, it is time we pulled it back from the brink.

    Football is one of THE MOST MARKETABLE PRODUCTS ON EARTH!

    I have the knowledge to do what needs to be done.

    IvanMarkR@gmail.com

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