Hockey Association of Malawi goes to polls Saturday

Hockey Association of Malawi (Ham) will go to polls on Saturday at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre.

All eyes will be on seasoned administrator Khrishna Achuthan who will face –up-and-coming opponent Wanthaza Mughogho who has challenged him for the position of general secretary.

Mughogho is the out-going vice-general secretary and will have a daunting task to unseat the man who has been the sport’s legend.

Ham president Tochi Gill is assured of another term of office as he would go to the polls unopposed while vice-president Dean Pinto faces the national coach Mustafa Munshi.

Atchutan: Running
Atchutan: Running

The post of vice-general secretary is also set for Chigo Thindwa of Genetrix Hockey Club who has no opposition while Fisher Katundu is also set to retain the post of treasurer as he has also opposition.

Pearson Mwalabu and Mustafa Munshi would also run for the head of coaching and development committee.

Lyford Chipukunya, Daniel Matavata and Alick Tembo will battle it out for umpires’ committee while Joyce Msiska and Pearson Mwalabu contest for the post of the head of marketing and media committee.

Seasoned player Rosena Kazembe wants to join mainstream administration as a committee member and Ulemu Ngwira will run for the medical committee member post.

Kezziah Kandulu and Trinity Chilembwe are also warming up for the position of lady committee members.

Benjamin Chaula, who has been chairperson for the development committee for a long time, is conspicuously missing from the list.

But Chaula did not clarify the reasons for not contesting.

“I would not contest the elections. I should give others a chance,” he said at Kamuzu Stadium, ground on Wednesday.

Achuthan said he was ready to face Mughogho in the bid for another term at Ham.

“I am not underrating my fellow candidate for the position of general secretary just because I have served for the position for too long,” Achuthan said.

The new committee would have task to see Malawi’s dream of a hockey stadium which has taken off, realised.

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