FAM’s Nyamilandu retains COSAFA executive post

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu Manda retained his executive committee member post in COSAFA during the elections which took place on Friday in Botswana.

During the elections, Sekutu Patel of Seychelles retained his post as Cosafa president unopposed as South Africa’s Danny Jordan withdrew from the race.

The FAM president was elected alongside Faizel Sidat, John Muinjo,Timothy Shongwe with David Fani of the Botswana Football Association replacing Wellington Nyatanga of Zimbabwe.

Presidential factor: Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika and FAM president Nyamilandu

Nyamilandu says he is happy to retain his position in Cosafa as it shows trust and confidence that the region has in him and his abilities.

“It’s good that Cosafa appreciates my contribution to the development of the game in the region and it will strengthen Malawi’s position,” he told Nyasa Times in Botswana.

“We will use this position to lobby for sponsorships and have Malawians participate in the organisation and administration of football events among other things,” he said.

On his part, Patel told the media that he is happy that the region has faith in him again to run the affairs of football and it means more hard work for him now.

“The first term was all about reorganising and restructuring Cosafa but we managed to make some developments like acquiring our headquarters in South Africa and the beaming of the Cosafa womens and under 20 tournaments in Zimbabwe and Botswana respectively,” he said.

Patel says the challenge now is to find sponsors for the Cosafa senior challenge cup.

“We didn’t have the tournament for the past year and we will work very hard to find sponsors and so far so good,we might have the tournament back next year,” he added.

Jordan pulled out of the race with only minutes to go before voting but did not disclose the reasons for his withdrawal.

Vice president Salemane Phafane of Lesotho went in unopposed.

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