Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has come under fire for sponsoring President Peter Mutharika’s live broadcast on taxpayer-funded MBC television and Radio One the nomination papers presentation to Malawi Electoral Commission at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Friday.
FAM funded the live broadcast in disguise to advertise the Rough Diamonds tournament held last weekend at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Political analyst and former football administrator Humphrey Mvula said FAM should stay away from politics and said the Walter Nyamilandu led association is “guilty of partisan politics.”
Mvula said FAM should “always remain apolitical and colourless.”
In quotes reported by the local press, Mvula said FAM should accept “that they goofed.”
He said: “It is ironic for FAM using club’s gate collections and funds a political party’s event yet FIFA doesn’t allow politics in football as it is against Fifa statues.”
FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola said they wanted to capture “maximum audience, attention and feedback” by advertising on ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :