FAM’s nomination tray empty

FAM affiliates are yet to submit candidates’ nominations for the association’s elections six days after the nominations process were opened.

The nomination process was opened on October 30 and will run up to November 30 while the local football governing body’s elective general assembly is slated for December 14 in Mangochi.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka yesterday said they were yet to get any nomination.

Zakazaka: Nothing yet

“As of today [yesterday], there is nothing…There has been no submission from the affiliates.

“It could be that they are still consulting or they are just taking their time,” he said.

Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) chairperson Raphael Humba yesterday said his committee is waiting for all aspirants to present their plans so that they can go through them and make informed decisions on who to nominate.

“So far, we only have James Mwenda’s manifesto. So, we are waiting for other aspirants to sell us their blueprints so that we can scrutinise them.

“We want to give all the aspirants an equal chance.  We will not just nominate for the sake of it, we will go for those whose manifestos are realistically achievable,” he said.

His Central Region Football Association (CRFA) counterpart Austin Ajawa said they will meet within the week to decide on which aspirants to nominate.

“We should do that within the week,” he said.

Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) chairperson Lameck Khonje said they will submit their nominations tomorrow.

“Nevertheless, for presidency, we still maintain that we will nominate James Mwenda and our position has not changed,” he said.

National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) chairperson Suzgo Ngwira also said they will submit their nominations after scrutinising aspirants’ manifestos.

“The process will be done by the committee,” she said.

Apart from Mwenda, who is the current first vice-president, the other presidential aspirants are incumbent Walter Nyamilandu, immediate past first veep Moses Mkansawire, Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda and Balawala Vilunga.

Those that have shown interest to contest for first vice-presidency are Daud Ntanthiko and Jabbar Alide while incumbent second veep Othaniel Hara is likely to face Khonje is his quest to retain his seat.

Among the names vying for committee membership are Gift Mkandawire, Muhammed Selemani, Christopher Kuyera, Rashid Ntelera, Malinda Chinyama, Felistus Dossi, Mabvuto Missi and Masiya Nyasulu.

KB, Moyale through in Fisd Cup

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alawi Defence Force (MDF) sides Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Moyale Barracks yesterday completed the Fisd Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up following victories over Ntopwa FC and TN Stars by 2-1 margins, respectively.

Francis Kamdzeka was the hero of the day for KB after claiming a brace in a tight encounter at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.

The Lilongwe-based soldiers, who won the second edition of the tournament in 2016, will now face Savenda Chitipa United in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium.

KB came from behind to win the match after Josiah Duwa had put KB in front barely five minutes into the match.

But Kamdzeka levelled the scores 11 minutes later before hitting the winner eight minutes from time.

KB coach Billy Phambala was visibly relieved after the final whistle.

He said: “It was a tough match, it is not easy to come from behind and win in a cup match. Credit should go to the boys.”

At Kasungu Stadium, Moyale also came from a goal down to win the match after Wister Phiri had put the hosts in front in the third minute.

Deus Nkutu equalised for Moyale in the 49th minute before Wacheta Mwenefumbo scored the winner.

Moyale will face Blue Eagles in the quarter-finals at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe this Sunday.

In other last eight matches, holders Be Forward Wanderers date Hangover FC at Kamuzu Stadium on Friday while Nyasa Big Bullets host Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.

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