Nomads chair rebuffs fans’ plea

Be Forward Wanderers outgoing chairperson Gift Mkandawire has rejected Nomads’ supporters’ plea to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election.

The Nomads are set to hold elections for the executive committee on February 9 while polls for the main supporters committee are slated for February 2.

The club’s main supporters committee, led by its chairperson Melvin Nkunika, met Mkandawire in Blantyre on Tuesday to try and persuade him to change his mind.

Met supporters on Tuesday: Mkandawire

The development comes in the wake of failed attempts by a section of supporters to woo potential candidates for the Nomads’ hot seat.

Nkunika confirmed having met Mkandawire in an interview yesterday.

“It was not the first time that we have met him, only that yesterday [Tuesday] we were well represented and we tried to plead with him to reconsider his decision, unfortunately, he stood his ground.

“Recently, we even asked our board of trustees chairperson bwana [Rashid] ‘Rashy’ Gaffar to talk to him, but it still didn’t work.

“Our concern is that we are running out of time and we still do not have aspirants for the position of chairperson.

“In fact, so far only two [current team manager]

Victor Maunde and Adelaide Migogo have expressed interest to vie for the positions of general secretary and vice-general secretary, respectively.”

Mkandawire confirmed turning down the supporters’ plea.

“It is true we had a meeting which lasted until midnight, but I told them that I have done my part and they have to look ealsewhere for my replacement.

“I have served this club for 15 years in different capacities and I can’t be wamuyaya [life chairperson]

. There should be other people out there

“I have done my part and it is time to pave the way for others,” he said. A fortnight ago, the Nomads’ former chairperson Humphrey Mvula said the club’s failure to attract aspirants for executive committee positions was a clear sign that it had lost direction and needed to conduct some soul-searching before they go to the polls.

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