Ngwira reclaims women’s football top seat

Central Region Women’s Football League (CRWFL) chairperson Suzgo Ngwira was yesterday elected National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) president after beating her predecessor Severia Chalira 15-3 during elections held in Mangochi.

Ngwira has reclaimed the seat eight years after losing it to Chalira in 2012 and served as committee member by the virtue of being CRWFL chairperson.

Ngwira: I know it’s
a huge task

Long-serving Malawi football official Catherine Chikandula lost 5-13 to Annie Mseteka on the position of vice-chairperson whereas Lina Mtegha went unopposed as general secretary. Former treasurer Winnie Nyondo beat Caroline Phiri 13-3 on the vice-general secretary position.

Executive member Clara Luhanga was elected treasurer unopposed while Violet Bunya and Hellen Chavula were elected executive committee members.

They will be joined by regional committee chairpersons.

In her remarks, Ngwira commended the delegates for voting her back into office.

“I thank God for making this happen. I know it’s a huge task. This is now time to make women’s football a popular brand in the country. I would like to thank delegates for entrusting me with this responsibility. The delegates have shown that I had unfinished business when I moved out in 2012,” she said.

Ngwira also promised to consult the outgoing committee to foster programmes the previous committee laid.

“We will take it up from where they have left and engage them as we move forward. Running women’s football is not one person’s business,” she said.

On her part, Chalira said she has left a legacy in women’s football.

“All the best to the new members. I have done my part and I have left footprints that people will live to remember,” she said.

Chalira also hailed Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for supporting during her two-year term of office.

“I am going out not a sad person. There may be areas I did not do well, but I did my part. I would like to thank FAM for the support they rendered to us and I would request them to do same to the new committee,” she said. n

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