Chibowa to challange Nyamilandu on FAM presidency

Nominations have started pouring in for the forthcoming Football Association of Malawi (FAM) polls slated for December 17 in Salima in what is expected to be a two horse race between the incumbent Walter Nyamilandu and Henry ‘Kaka’ Chibowa.

FAM’s chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda told Nyasa Times that the National Youth Football Committee (NYFC), Central Region Football Committee (CRFC) and the Southern Region Football League (SRFL) have submitted their nominations in favour of Nyamilandu.

Some of the committees want Nyamilandu for the presidency for the third term, Moses Mkandawire and Pikawo Ngalamila for the first and second vice presidency respectively.

“It was observed that strides have been made to develop the game over the years with Nyamilandu at the helm and for continuity sake, it was unanimously agreed that he continues” the source said.

Chibowa: Stakeholders persuade him to contest for FAM presidency

The associations said Nyamilandu has won back the confidence of the corporate world who continue sponsoring the game, women’s footballs exploits in Zimbabwe, grassroot football development, and that there is accountability and transparency at FAM now as some of Nyamilandu’s achievements.

But another camp of delegates to the conference meeting in Blantyre on Friday, agreed to nominate and support maverick football administrator Chibowa for the presidency.

Lilongwe business magnet Dean Josiah Banda was also interested but he is reportedly backing Chibowa camp.

According to the Blantyre meeting, the stakeholder proposed Chibowa for presidency with Moses Mkandawire and Elijah Kachikuwo as vice presidents.

The camp also proposed that members  should be lawyer Gaston Mwenelupembe, Paul Mzungu, soccer legend Peterkings Kayira, women football administrator Sugzo Ngwira and Julius Mithi.

The CRFC had an executive meeting on Wednesday in Lilongwe to finalise their nominations.

Nyamilandu is the only candidate who has officially declared his interest to seek re election and go for a third term while the other camps are yet to identify a candidate to challenge him.

Chibowa is yet to come out in the open to declare his stand.

The other potential candidate who snubbed the idea of standing for FAM’s presidency is Lilongwe chief executive officer Kelvin Mmangisa.

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