Affiliates play it safe on FAM polls

Apart from the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA), which has endorsed James Mwenda for FAM presidency, all the other affiliates are playing it safe, insisting they are yet to decide on who to support.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is set to go to the polls in December this year and apart from Mwenda, who is the association’s vice-president, others who have declared their interest for the host seat are former vice-president Moses Mkandawire and Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda.

Has met a number of affiliates: Mwenda

Incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu, who has been at the helm for 15 years, is yet to state his position on whether he will seek a fifth term.

In an interview earlier in the week, Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) chairperson Raphael Humba said it is too early to decide on who they will support as they have to first go through the aspirants’ manifestos..

“We are not in a hurry, we will have to scrutinise the aspirants’ manifestos,” he said.

Yet to make a stand: Nyamilandu

Last week, Central Region Football Association clarified that although Mwenda is the only aspirant that has approached them so far, they will make a decision after all aspiring candidates present their plans.

National Referees Football Association general secretary Chris Kalichero said they will decide on who to support by the end of this week.

“So far, the only candidate who has but we are yet to meet and decide as we are waiting for others..Nevertheless, we should do that by the end of the week,” he said.approached us is Mwenda,

National Women Football Association (NWFA) chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said so far, no one has approached them.

“We are waiting for aspirants to approach us so that we can come up with a stand,” she said.

National Youth Football Association NYFA chairperson Chimango Munthali said they are open to all candidates to sell their manifestos “on what they have for the sport, in particular youth football”.

He said: “Our official stand will be made once we meet all candidates who are interested in the position. As an association, we are open to all aspirants,” he said.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Tiya Somba-Banda said so far, none of the aspirants has approached them.

“We will come up with a position once we meet the candidates,” he said.

Beach soccer national association said they are yet to decide on who to endorse.

“We will have to analyse manifestos of all aspirants before making a declaration on who we will support and that will be done at an appropriate time,” said the association’s general secretary Davis Saddo.

National Football Coaches Association general secretary Davie Mpima said they are waiting for candidates to sell themselves before making a determination.

“We haven’t met any aspiring candidate yet,” he said.

The total number of delegates to a Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general assembly-—elective or otherwise—is 36 and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) is the highest contributor (eight) while the three regional associations come second with six delegates each, while the remaining five contribute two each.

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