Chalira elected new president of Malawi women football committee: Defeats Ngwira

Drama erupted on Sunday during the National Women Football Committee polls at Chiwembe Technical Centre in the commercial city of Malawi, Blantyre, when police had to intervene following Severia Chalira’s victory to oust Sugzo Ngwira on the hot seat to assume the presidency.

Severia, who was deputy to Ngwira, won the polls having amassed 12 votes against 4 to Ngwira.

The development did not go well with Ngwira’s camp which was led by the famous Ntopwa 1 also popularly known as Jomo, who directed his group to enter into the voting room while chanting anti- Football Association of Malawi (FAM) songs.

At one point in ‘Ntopwa 1’ exchanged bitter words with FAM’s Desk Officer Charity Mabvumbe accusing her of favouring Chalira.

“The whole FAM is rotten with your favouritism behavior. I will not stop castigating you because my interest is to see the beautiful of women’s football develop. Let us have an open election by allowing people to stand behind their favourites,” shouted Ntopwa 1, before he
snatched away some of the voting papers.

Chalira: Elected

He went on to attack FAM executive member David Dube describing him as the person behind the mess in women’s football.

“You’re in for front destroying women’s football. I will not seat and watch you people destroying this game. Mr. Dube do not interfere with us teams from the Southern Region because this is not Lilongwe,” said the visibly angry Ntopwa 1.

However, it had to take Police intervention to calm the situation.


During the elections, Chalira was voted the President after defeating Sugzo Ngwira while Catherine Nkuntha became her vice president.

On the general secretary (GS) post, Lina Mtegha went unopposed same with Caroline Phiri as her vice.

Winnie Kayuni was elected as the Treasure General while on the Committee members there is Zindowe Namasani and Anne Msetaka.

In her acceptance speech as the President, Chalira saluted her outgoing boss for the well job done when she was the President.

“First of all let me salute Sugzo for the job well done when she was the heading this post. We have a lot of plans to do like developing women’s football from the grass root level,” she said.

She also said they have plans in January to develop Women’s Football starting with Under-20 teams.

Chalira also outlined a number of activities on her desk like marketing Women’s football in order to woo many sponsors to venture into the game.
Quizzed on rumours that she was favoured just because she was a puppet of FAM President Walter Nyamilandu, Chalira had a few comments, “I am not a puppet of Mr. Nyamilandu as some people wanted the voters to believe. They just need to accept the defeat that is all.”

In her remarks, Ngwira accepted defeat but stressed that she will keep assisting the women football development.

Sugzo Ngwira: Accepts defeat graciously
The new Women’s Football Committee
Some of the contestants
Protestant chanting inside the voting hall

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