The long-serving president of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), Walter Nyamilandu Manda, is seeking to become an executive member of the FIFA Congress in elections to be held September end.
Following a vacancy that was created by a former member from Ghana, four individuals from the COSAFA region have expressed interest to vie for the seat.
From Seychelles, president of the Seychelles Football Association, Elvis Chetty, also has the same ambition.
Two other hot contestants are South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan, who withdrew from two previous FIFA executive committee seat races, and Leodgar Tenga, who is a former Tanzania Football Association president besides being a CAF executive committee member.
Outside the COSAFA region, Moses Hassim Magogo, president of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations is also harbouring the same ambition of clinching the FIFA Congress seat.
While wishing Nyamilandu the best of luck, local analysts have said South Africa’s Danny Jordan looks the favourite in this race if what these people have done as FA presidents in their countries is anything to go by.
A lot has happened in South African football including the successful hosting of 2010 World Cup by South Africa under Jordan and it is believed that Jordan is highly respected for his works even by the current FIFA president Infantihno.
Analysts have also highlighted the fact that it would be better for the COSAFA region to field one candidate to avoid splitting the votes as they shall also be competing against a candidate from West Africa and possibly North Africa.
Many have argued that there is very little that Nyamilandu can show the world as his successes since he became president for the Malawi FA and therefore it would be very doubtful for delegates to entrust him to represent the African continent at the FIFA Congress.