FA Malawi CEO joins Nyamilandu’s 4th term campaign trail: Nyirenda summoned to Police for threatening Kafandiya

It’s rather hard to find the perfect way to aptly describe Walter McMillan Nyamilandu-Manda, the head of Football Association of Malawi (FAM). Some have called him a “smug, self-righteous and egoistic soccer gnome” of all time, yet others have describes him as “the most successful non-homicidal dictator and want-it-all haughty football administrator in the soccer echelons since time immemorial and only second to FIFA beleaguered suspended president Sepp Blutter.

Nyirenda:  Backing Nyamilandu's 'life presidency' at FAM

Nyirenda: Backing Nyamilandu’s ‘life presidency’ at FAM

Nyamilandu: Fouth term bid goes dirty

Nyamilandu: Fouth term bid goes dirty

Like Blatter, the former national team lanky full back, Nyamilandu thinks he is the only odd one out who can efficiently and effectively run football affairs and in Malawi, thus he wants to be in power forever but as they say, every dog has its day and it appears after staying in power for 12 years now people are throwing cats amongst the pigeons declaring that ‘enough is enough.

But FAM’s Chief Executive Officer Suzgho Nyirenda, who is supposed to be non-partisan as regards who becomes the country’s soccer governing president, is going beyond expectation and has jumped on Nyamilandu’s bloody campaign trail declaring war against anybody seen to oppose sitting FAM president and is embroiling  himself in affiliates vote-­buying tittle-tattle.

Nyamilandu is running for his fourth term as FAM president of soccer’s national governing body, more than any other FAM president in history,  and the delegates are eager to outdo one another in a competition to shower their chief with glory.

One after another, waving their loyalty flags for their right to declare their chosen candidates but it seems for the Nyamilandu’s camp there is only one way, his way or no way and the FAM’s CEO is taking charge of this dictatorial path.

But it seems the affiliates do not know the intensity and extent of the gross misconduct the blood-spattering race for FAM presidency has. It is very serious and dangerous.

‘The attack’

In a typical capitulation under mounting opposition movement by a majority of Malawians against a fourth term for Walter Nyamilandu at FAM, Chief executive Officer (Suzgo) Nyirenda has thrown all caution and discretion to the dogs and openly shown his ravenously staunch support for a Nyamilandu another term

During and after the Big Bullets Versus Civo United match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Nyirenda charged and attacked Chilomoni based Big Bullets’ crazed football fanatic, Dan Kafandiya threatening to eliminate him “kuthana naye” for leading a crusade against the Nyamilandu-Manda fourth term run.

According to eyewitnesses the FAM boss accompanied by thugs attacked Kafandiya outside the stadium just after the match and accused him of campaigning against Nyamilandu and sternly threatening him to stay away from anti-Nyamilandu campaign or face serious consequences.

“It was a nasty scene. I saw Mr. (Sugzo) Nyirenda and some thugs charging towards Kafandiya after the match accusing him of campaigning against Walter Nyamilandu. The gang indicted Kafandiya who was walking towards Shoprite with his friends for his outbursts against Nyamilandu and warned him to stay away or face the consequences,” Yotamu Bangula told Nyasa Times in an interview.

He continued: “But Kafandiya did not retaliate violently as we all know him to be, he calmly challenged Sugzo Nyirenda and his thugs that there is nothing they can do to him and dared them to do what they want, saying that he would not stop campaigning against Nyamilandu because he has the right as a football fan to support anyone or campaign against anyone he feels adding that Nyamilandu’s time to be at the helm of the country’s soccer governing body is finally over.”

‘Police Case’

In a separate interview Kafandiya confirmed that he was indeed attacked and manhandled at Kamuzu stadium by FAM CEO, Sugzo Nyirenda accompanied by some thugs and that he reported the matter to police.

“It is true I was attacked by the FAM CEO Mr Nyirenda and his thugs at Kamuzu stadium after our (Bullets) game against Civo which we lost. Nyirenda and his hooligans accused me of spearheading a campaign against Nyamilandu and for displaying placards in the stadium declaring that ‘WE DON’T WANT WALTER ANYMORE!’ and the hoodlums wanted to attack me but I told them that I am not scared of them,” said Kafandiya.

Added Kafandiya: “I challenged them to do what they want and also told them point blank that I will not be bullied by anyone to let  Nyamilandu run for the fourth time as if he is the only intelligent person in the country. He has been FAM president for more than 10 years but he has nothing to show. I love football, I love my country and I will not allow anyone to advance his or her personal agendas at the expense of the beautiful game. I don’t love football for personal gains rather; I love the sport because it is a beautiful game.”

Kafandiya said he is not campaigning against Nyamilandu because he has a favourite candidate of his own for the FAM presidency but explained that he just want change at FAM.

“For me and many Malawians football is a religion. I will not stand aside and watch someone running football as a personal business. Mr Nyamilandu has done his part and we thank him for dedicated his time for the sport but every good thing comes to an end and its time for others to take over. We need new leadership and new ideas at FAM for things to change. I don’t care who becomes the next president of FAM but as long as it not Walter Nyamilandu, I will be happy. This not personal, its for the love of football,” he clarified.

Kafandiya said that he reported the matter at Southern Region Police headquarters who referred him to Soche Police Sub-Station at Kwacha who have since opened a case file against the FAM CEO Sugzo Nyirenda and that the FAM boss was summoned to Police Friday to explain himself.

Soche Police officials confirmed to Nyasa Times in a telephone interview that they have indeed received a complaint against on assault charges and that Nyirenda has been summoned to the station.

“It is true that we are handling a case against a Mr Sugzo Nyirenda of FAM but I can not divulge more as investigations into the matter is still going on and besides, I am not the spokesperson. For more info please contact the officer in charge (Mike Chona) or the station’s publicist,” said a female officer.

According to a senior FAM official who pleaded for anonymity for fear of reprisals, this callous and obscene behaviour destroys Nyirenda’s standing as the secretary to theDecember 12 electoral body Chaired by esteemed Judge Dingiswayo Madise, saying it seriously calls into question whether as Nyamilandu’s chief campaigner, he (Mr Nyirenda) can be expected to act with the impartiality that his office and position demands

“Of course those in the know, especially the affiliates are not surprised that Suzgo Nyirenda is Nyamilandu’s campaigner in chief. Nyirenda knows that the day Walter leaves FAM, which is coming fast and sooner than expected, Suzgo will go straight to either Chichiri or Zomba maximum security prison because these two men have presided over the worst looting and plundering never seen before in Malawi football to the extent that when and once it all unravels the Capital hill cashgate of 2013 will look like kindergarten stuff,” explained the official.

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49 thoughts on “FA Malawi CEO joins Nyamilandu’s 4th term campaign trail: Nyirenda summoned to Police for threatening Kafandiya”

  1. Wakukaya Genuine says:

    Walter , we told you to resign why Kukakamila . A Shame Tonga /Tumbuka . He is not a from North . Northerners don’t behave like that

  2. Mzaliwa says:

    Iwe Wota shupiti zako ndi Suzo wakoyo,,mwatikwana mwanva? Mbuyako Blatter ndi uyo zikumuonekera uko next it’s you watch this space. We know wat u have doing with our money.

  3. Faith says:

    ukasiya wekha umalandila ulemu with democratic world please fourth term is unwelcomed, give chance to the youth. You have done your part pave the way for youth. Wamuyaya chani? Football can not develop with it will be one man show.

  4. clif says:

    bwana nyamilandu ndi anyirenda siufumu uwu president wa fifa wazitaya tengani udindo muzachita kuchotsedwa pa amalawi 17 million odziwa simungakhale inu nokha . dzipatseni ulemu kuti mulandire ulemu. bwana nyamilandu samalani dzina lanu mulindi ntchito yabwino komaso mumatsatira mawu musanyozeke ndi anthu akuzungulilaniwa akupusitsani straight

  5. Khodoba says:

    I work for Fiscal Police and if WALTER dares to stand again I will do everything within my capacity to unearth what he has been doing at FAM in terms of fraud and ciorruption. Fortunately, alot of evidence is already with us provided by their accounts personnel and they are going to face the music together with Suzgo. Take care tazisiyani izi tikumalizani mukakakamila. Bola ndanena

  6. bololo says:

    wheather you like it or not, God blessed all regions in MW. The missionaries brought education in MW but u denied it and later on they established a school at livingistonia. U can not force education on someone. The first thing that people from the south and central should do is to invest in your children education and you from the southern region have proper surnames. How can somebody’s surname be james, dickson, john. U r fuckups. u bear children without responsibility. If you want to be like the north do not give your children too much freedom. U wl always win in politics but we shall always administrate this country.

  7. angozo says:

    Apa zinthu ndiye zada. Ngati a ku FAM akupelekela umboni kuti awononga ndalama zambiri. No chance for Water and Suzgo. Napepe!!!!

  8. chefourpence says:

    That’s the problem when we allow FAM to be managed by a tribal group. Atumbuka phwiii.

  9. Victor Raymond Fumbula says:

    I concur with those who want a new holder of the FAM PRESIDENT position.

  10. imra says:

    Hon Nyamilandu you will see your exit like Blatter. I think Blatter is better off, but you will end in prison over misuse of public funds. Umira udindo choncho ngati wothena agaru.

  11. Malita says:

    Mmesa amati wazisiya chifukwa choti ndi Born Again.

  12. Aubrey Zambika says:

    Honourably Walter should quit and pave way for others to try their brains if they fail he is at a liberty to come back

  13. george says:

    Suzgo Nyirenda ,and Walter Nyamirandu aba ndalama zambniri ku FAM.we need forensic auditors to investigate them.they do share the gate takings before taking them to the bank.ku FAM kukufunika a massive overhaul.Suzgo walemera kwambiri wamang a ma nyumba mu mzuzu and fargo and agula brand new car.atiwuze wher he gets the money from??

  14. Mike says:

    you have people like Somba Banda at Sulom who barred other aspirants from submitting their forms for the position.imagine!!! why why why? dont think you are the only one who can do a better job.why even barring others from competing against you??God is watching

  15. SADRIDO says:

    Nyamilandu basi. Enanu ngati mukufuna u President musamalimbane ndi munthu personally . Tiuzeni zenizeni zimene inu mwachita m’dziko muno pankhani ya mpira. Ngati munayambisa team, mwatenga zikho zingati. Osangangoti fwifwifwi, mbuli pankhani ya mpira. Musamanyoze munthu koma wonetsani chimene mwachita. Ngati mukulephera kuti muthandize timatimu tating’onoting’ono, National team mungatani nayo.

  16. Mike Mnenula says:

    Suzgo Nyirenda knows that the moment Nymirandu leaves FAM, he will be exosed together with Nyamilandu himself.Asuzgo kumanga ma flats ku Mzuzu?? ghouses in bt,fargo buying new cars,fleet of buses in Mzuzu??hahaha la 40 likwana.dikirani.these people have squarndered a lot of millions at FAM.PLEASE PEOPLE BOOT OUT nyamirandu and Suzgo.

  17. AKIJA says:

    fOTSEKI , kodi akuluwa ndi kamuzu Bannda wa muyaya basi akulu mwatitopesa mwaononga mpira kwakwana out.

  18. Atonga says:

    I don’t see any one matching with nyamilandu.ena akufuna u president sakukwanila anthu akumwera bwanji nsanje.tamusiyeni nyamilanduyo akatopa azasiya yekha.ngati inuyo wosatila mpira mwapangapo chani?kumango lowa mpira yosalipira basi.anthu akumpoto anakulakwilani chani ngati amadwa kwanu.stop those nosense.iiiyaaaaaaaaaa.

  19. jedida says:

    Walter, football will never improve in Malawi if you still cling to the post. Leave other equally educated and experienced people take over.

  20. ineyo says:

    man mwangodana nawo anthuwa ku sportsmans salowera mtundu lol

  21. alabyula champu says:

    I wanted to stand for a position at sulom. I was given the nomination forms in the evening a day just before closure by the candidate who was seeking reelection of the same post i was vying for. Next it was anounced that he got the post unchallenged. This was a deliberate creation of barrier to entry.. It was a treasurerer post. So you can imagine no new eyes allowed in malawi football circles. Bull shit.

  22. Roberto says:

    In this democratic country, we need to be careful with the leadership style at all levels. What if Walter would run for Malawi President race in future, do you think he can be a good president with this type of leadership of him the only best person to run FAM? No way, he has no clue now on how to develop football. New blood is needed with new ideas..as long as Walter continue to be on FAM leadership, believe me we will continue to change coaches but with no tangible results. Walter is just recycling his football policies…nothing new.

  23. Sagna says:

    Anthu akufuna aone zina; not same old shit.

  24. Ma says:

    Walter will win again. .kiss my ass. Who is this kafandiya? Galu wamchilomoni and savage ngati uyu. Inu please zinazi iiiiish. If Walter is good let him stand..if others tjink they are good come face him on the ballot box not banners. Give us your mfundo not just no Walter no Walter but who?????

  25. nyasa boy says:

    Bullshit all of you #things must be charged not one four ever

  26. Guilty As Charged 'PIC4LIFE' says:

    This Suzgo and Madzi MUST go straight away, andikwana ngati mabi. These are the guys killing Malawi football and its time we acted on them. Intimidations will not help you but rather mountr more pressure on you guys. Ndinu amene mukuipitsa mbiri ya Atumbuka ndi Atonga as if ndi anthu oipa koma oipa muli inu. On top of that, Suzgo sakuyenera kutenga nawo gawo loyendetsa the forth coming FAM Elections for he has just shown his impartiality. As for the thugs, hmmmmm mudzaona polekera posachedwapa.
    SUZGO NYIRENDA + WALTER NYAMILANDU be voted out of FAM if football is to develop. Mbali yanu mwapanga ndipo ena apangepo

  27. Wisdom Of Karonga says:

    I am half Tumbuka and half Tonga and this Sugzo Nyirenda guy must be a fellow northerner.I don’t have a personal hatred against him but this Sugzo thing bores me to my nerves.He is a dull-looking puppet whose job description doesn’t match his services.He walks in the shadow of one Walter Nyamilandu Manda who controls his thinking.

    Talking about his character and his contribution to Malawian football,just by concentrating on the Flames, Nyirenda’s thinking and decision making skills have more than paralysed Flames’s expected rise in standards and performance.A good example is: Nyirenda has on several occasions arranged friendly games for the national team against the same opposition for more than two times in a period of say four months,Mozambique tops the list.The question is, what was he trying to achieve from such an arrangement? Another example is striking a national team kit deal with Umbro which has been swallowed by Nike. That Umbro deal has further downgraded the Flames to a cheap and poor team because Umbro is not a top level kit manufacturer for national teams, even the English left it and yet it belongs to them.The point here is Sugzo Nyirenda and his partner in crime Walter Nyamilandu are two cheap and corrupt FAM officials masquerading as the association’s CEO and President respectively, who have done nothing to change the fortunes of the Malawian game, but chop the meagre resources at FAM.

    The actions of Sugzo portray a self-acclaimed Punk and Hustler who thinks he owns FAM together with his president.There is nothing more serious than threatening a bona-fide citizen who has football in his blood and who just wants a new beginning for Malawian football.

  28. rough kwasambala says:

    Dzanja lalemba basi

  29. Phofo says:

    Zikusiyana pati utsogoleli wa dpp ndi fam?? Kaka yekhayekhayo.wanzelu ndi nyamilanduyo kodi.fwetseki.fotse ekwe kweni.

  30. King Jaffe Joffer says:

    Under Walter Nyamilandu, football has gone in a desperate direction. No nursery, no plans, looting etc etc. On top of that, Nyamilandu is an arrogant notorious mafia more less like Beluscon and Blatter. Football in Malawi should not be at the mercy of an ill crafted so called FAM constitution doctored by Walter and his hoodlum bootlicking cronies . FAM constitution is unconstitutional to the extent of serving an individual’s interests and should be invalidated. Elections will be free and fair if and and only if they are held u under new constitutional constitution.

  31. Football lover says:

    zabodza izi Walter angalimbane ndi Dann ? more over Dann parks his car ku councel ndiye ku shoprite amakatani ? mwagwanayo

  32. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Suzgo Nyirenda has over-stayed, out-lived FAM. Why can’t the government transfer him to another institution, even to a department? He is within National Council of Sports, there are many organs in the government. He is the one who makes soccer not perform in Malawi – He thinks he is a small god. He was even behind the non-performance of several national team coaches, including Kinna Phiri, Ng’onamo, Yasin Osman and list goes on and own. He is too big headed and behaves mafia-like.

  33. Aaaaaaa!! Iweso suzo zikuwonekela, mwachipo chan pa chotukula mpira chiloweren? Basopu iwe ndi nzakoyo

  34. Ine zomwe mukufuna a suzo nyirenda sizikumveka, kaya ndazanu kwambiri a nyamilandu-wo, i dn’t mind. azawo ena ayendetsoko bungweli sikut anzeru ndi nyamilandu okhawa ayi, nyimbo imodzi sachezerela gule. mwamva a nyamilandu? Amat wandisokosela nkulinga utamva.

  35. Good samaritan says:

    The best time to say bye is when you are at peak because at the end, every one remembers and respects you.

  36. mbwangida says:

    Bambo Walter, khalidwe limeneli ndi kupemphela mumanena kuja zikugwilikana? Kapena muzazayambilanso kupemphelako mukawina zisankhonzi? Shame on you selfish Mafia, your leadership has brought nothing to malawi football

  37. Impartial says:

    Ok?til the extent of assaulting person?I think dare is something at the FAM which u Sugzo & ur friends afraid of.We need new blood SIUNYAKWAWA.MMESA MUMATI NDIINU A SUKULU?

  38. Manifesto Silungwe says:

    Suzgo Nyirenda ndi munthu woipa!

  39. Phiri says:

    Enough is enough

  40. Thanduxolo says:

    A point of correction:it’s Suzgo!

  41. cheyo the real northerner says:

    That is how we Africans behaves. We want everything to be ours. Walter has done his part. It is now time to leave and pave way for others. Don’t be foolish Walter.

  42. cadet 1 says:

    They might hv stolen or mismanaged of which we don’t hv proof but not to the extent of overtaking capital hill cashgate. That’s too much, it cant be possible

  43. chinchin says:

    Why forth term? Those who blame Kamuzu Banda to be a dictator should come with clean hands. Honestly, I dont like Bakili Muluzi, Walter Nyamilandu for this nonsense. These are all fake leaders…..

  44. Stampycious says:

    Why Nyirenda is campaining for Nyamilandu for another forth term in office? Ooh! i can smell something, these two guys are playing dirty games. ACB plz investigate them ayenera kuti akumathandizana kuswera yapansi, kuli cashgate kumeneko

  45. Pitala Paulendo says:

    Walter Magawagawa Nyamilandu shame on you. What is it that you want to achieve? You’re the best description of an educated savage.

  46. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Anthu atsankho a Tumbuka awa. Their agenda is to infest FAM AND NATIONAL TEAM with northers including technical panel and players. Names like Mkandawire Manda, Nyirenda, Kinnah Phiri, Msowoya, Kumwenda etc. their,meeting place is Sportsman Bar. Kumene Mozes Mkandawire and Sugho Nyirenda amakambilan zothana ndi mitundu ina in malawi futbol circles. Malawians lets forget about futbol improvement in Malawi with such calibre of people, and backward thinking

  47. Chipapwiche says:

    Its surprising Kafandiya is saying he doesn’t want Walter and doesn’t care who comes in as long as its not Walter. Isn’t this personal? Kafandiya should care who comes in if indeed he is doing this for the good game of football. We are not going to elect just anybody else for the sake of exiting Walter. We need people who will bring policies that will develop football in Malawi and not as Kafandiya claims. Besides,am at pains to understand why they brought the placard carrying message against Walter to the stadium. What was it for? Its time we stopped being savages. Such is an act of provocation. What if those in support of Walter brought theirs? While I don’t support Walter,he can contest and be shown the exit during elections and not what Kafandiya is doing. Let’s have those that want to develop football contest against Walter…

  48. kunyado says:

    We r in a democratic era….msonle t democracy be seen even in these grassrootsstructures.

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