FAM suspends six Central Region committee members

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has suspended six members of the Central Region football committee for dragging the Malawi soccer governing body to court December last year over election matters.

Central Region Committee chairman Austin Ajawa and FAM Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda confirmed the fired members are Vice Chairman George Mussa, Vice General Secretary Francis Gwaza, Bwanali Misi Vice Treasure, a Mr. Manyozo, Katengeza and Chunga who were serving as Executive committee members.

Speaking in a telephone interview, Ajawa said the decision to fire the six members has been reached upon discussions made at FAM.

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“I can confirm to you that FAM has fired the six members. It is against the laws of soccer to involve courts as there are proper arbitration ways of handling such football issues,” Ajawa told Nyasa Times.

“Mr Katengeza and Mr. Chunga have been slashed with six months suspension while Mr. Mussa, Gwaza, Misi and Manyozo have been slapped with 18 months ban,” said Ajawa.

“They are not completely being banned from football they will return into soccer administration in the near future,” he added.

But Gwaza said he hasn’t being served with a suspension letter.

“I don’t know anything on the matter because I haven’t received any formal communication” said Gwaza.

He however revealed that the fired members will launch a legal challenge if the letters are served to them.

The fired members were on the fore front last December challenging that FAM General Elections should not proceed claiming there were a number of irregularities and foul play including corruption from the incumbent FAM president Walter Nyamilandu’s camp who is currently serving his third term.

They obtained a court injunction before the day of the elections but it was challenged hours later.

Nyamilandu returned his seat as FAM boss after a 35-7 landslide victory over Dr Henry Chibowa.

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