Malawi army clubs line up 7 candidates for Sulom polls

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) football clubs have lined up a total of eight candidates for the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) elections slated for March 14, 2015 in Salima.

Seeking re-eection: Chairman Innocent Botomani

Seeking re-eection: Chairman Innocent Botomani

According to information gathered by Nyasa Times, officials from MDF sides Moyale Barracks, Mafco, Airborne Rangers, Red Lions and Chilumba Garrison met at Kamuzu Barracks last week, where they endorsed eight candidates from the military for the March 14 polls.

The list, which Nyasa Times has sourced include outgoing Sulom vice general secretary Captain Thoko Chazema, who has been endorsed as candidate for the post of vice general secretary and Captain Gilbert Mitawa from Kamuzu Barracks, gunning for the position of legal advisor.

The following will be vying for executive member positions: Lieutenant Colonel Elvis Mwase from Moyale Barracks, Kazizwa Banda from Moyale Barracks but going under the banner of Chilumba Garrison FC, Godfrey Makawano- Mafco, Lieutenant Davie Gondwe- Red Lions and retired Warrant Officer Class I Gowa Banda, going under Kamuzu Barracks’ banner.

Former Kamuzu Barracks’ team manager Francis Shawa, who had expressed interest to contest for the presidency has reportedly been barred by his bosses from contesting.

Meanwhile, some members from civilian clubs have expressed reservations on MDF clubs fielding as many as eight candidates, fearing the development will turn the Super League administering body into a military club.

“Although these are mere candidates, we are uncomfortable with the development because if they all go in, Sulom will be dominated by officials from the military, who can easily take orders from their bosses. The military has four clubs and if Chilumba is confirmed they will have five teams translating into 15 votes.

If we add the 15 votes to the three votes from outgoing Sulom members from the military, the MDF clubs will have a total of 18 votes. With 18 votes, the clubs can easily push in candidates of their choice and this will be dangerous for our league,” said an official from one of the Super League clubs who did not want to be named.

Another official from a Lilongwe based Super League club called for the invocation of the Lilongwe declaration, which limits the number of military teams in the Super League to one.

“I think those who were present during the meeting that came up with the declaration to limit the number of military teams knew what they were talking about. It’s time we start implementing some of these decisions,” said the official.

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12 thoughts on “Malawi army clubs line up 7 candidates for Sulom polls”

  1. Wounded says:

    I Wish If All Committee Members Could B Frm Mdf,to Instal Discipline Or Else Choose Those With Managerial Or Administrative Skills Osati Kumangotengapo Ndi Mavenda Omwe.Choncho Mpira Sungayende.Plse Voters Read The Names Correctly,analyse Them,choose One And Vote Wisely For The Future Development Of Football In Our Beloved Country.

  2. Supporter says:

    A Kanyimbi Mukunena Za Capacity?tinene zoona komiti yapitayi tibvulele chipewa chairman ndi treasurer,bravo! Koma secretariate particularily williams,manyuwa and others did not impress me coz they created out sourcing group yokhala mma gate kumaba ndalama,mmalo mobweletsa njira zoti ndalama zisamabedwe kuti makalabu azipita ndikoti ndii iwo akubweratsanso chinyengo which is total retrogressive. Pepani ndangodutsamo sindidatchole.

  3. Pastand says:

    Football is gone to unknown administrators,dont think we are in a right path my god.Combination of Police n MDF really guys? Are we serious? SULOM wont assist us if the voting will be like that.What new things can that combination bring to Malawi Soccer leaving brilliat young guys out.Wake up Civilians and gang up yourself because the Police and Military guys are after power not to assist how to market futobol and generate money for the teams and all of them they are sponsored teams.I cant see aggressive candidate n expect nothing else from them.I wish I was part of inspiring candidate but am not.

  4. Mmmm says:

    Red lions is ateam own its own if it has acandidate cant be rejected just coz kb yatumiza candidate wake kodi silver ikatumiza candidate a civo asatumize? Palibepo zimenezo

  5. Nyambitoni says:

    They have also agreed to vote for Mr. Botomani as brother in arms and reject a civilian. They have agreed to let Tiya somba and Williams take up the treasurer and gs positions. Then let the army candidates take up the lest of the positions for themselves.

    Koma ma candidate enawa akukatani kodi?
    Osangozisiya bwanji? Zamanyazi.

  6. Kanyimbi says:

    The way these MDF teams lack discipline, will our football develop? What about marketing of football do they have the capacity?

  7. Sagna says:

    I don’t see any problem here; its just fear of unknown.

  8. one malawi one people says:

    let the soldiers take over, tone zina. we need serious business osamangoti fwi! fwi! fwI! zopanda nzeru apa . mukuopa chani? mukufuna mukhale nokhanokha muzibabe eti?

  9. one malawi one people says:

    let the soldiers take over, tone zina.

  10. Yankees says:

    Mkhwaninkhwani kumpila? Ife nyasi zimenezo ayi, chifukwa chakuti kulibe Nkhondo mchifukwa chake akukuyuzani Heavy, kumakuuzani kalandeni makala, ( a Forest), kachotseni ma Venda,(ya Apolice), panopa mukufuna mukhazikike ku Mpila? Yananayo Support uko mmaganiza ku Training base ku Super Leagueko?

  11. fredo says:

    Army seniors don’t give orders to a soccer governing body BT the army so that fear is baseless.why don’t the civilian clubs fueled the same #? mantha a usavage Bwanji?

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