Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has refused to disclose whether he will vote for Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa to become the next president of Fifa as endorsed by the Confederation of African Football.
The poll will be held in Zurich on Friday 26 February.
Nyamilandu will be at the elections with his deputy James Mwenda and FAM secretary general Suzgho Nyirenda.
“My vote remain confidential as per constitutional requirement,” said Nyamilandu.
“The campaign usually intensifies during the last days when we arrive at the congress. Normally that’s when firm decisions are made by a member association”
“I can assure you that we will do the most honourable thing by voting wisely” said Nyamilandu.
Some African football association are backing South African candidate, Tokyo Sexwale, one of five contenders looking to succeed Swiss Sepp Blatter, who is stepping down after 18 years.
Caf listened to presentations from Sheikh Salman, Sexwale, Gianni Infantino – the Swiss general secretary of Uefa – and the Frenchman Jérôme Champagne, the former Fifa deputy general secretary, who had all travelled to Rwanda to attend the meeting. The fifth candidate, Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, did not attend.
Although CAF executives declared their support for Sheikh Salman, there is nothing compelling African countries to vote for him.
Before departure, Nyamilandu said the congress will help to restore the battered image of Fifa.
“I hope the elections will be the turning point for restoring the battered image of Fifa, this hinges on electing a credible person that sponsors and the football family can trust” Nyamilandu is quoted as
saying on FAM website.