Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has appointed its executive committee member Alfred Gift Gunda as general secretary as a replacement for Suzgo Nyirenda, who has secured a job as deputy chief executive officer (Administration and Competition) for the Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA).
A statement from Fam made available to Nyasa Times on Friday says in line with Article 39(3) of the FAM Statutes, Gunda was proposed by FAM president Walter Macmillan Nyamilandu-Manda and approved by the executive committee.
“Prior to taking up the position, Mr. Gunda was a member of the Fam Executive Committee, a position he has served for less than a year,” the stayement says. “He has also previously served as secretary for the Northern Football Association before being elected to the Executive Committee.
“On the professional front, Mr. Gunda was working with Mzuzu University prior to his appointment. He joined Mzuzu University in 2005 as Sports Administrator and rose in the ranks to the position of Acting Senior Assistant Registrar (Academic) at the time of his appointment.
“He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree and a Master of Science degree in Sports Management, and various certificates including a Certificate in Sports Business Management.
“The Football Association of Malawi would therefore like to call upon all the stakeholders and the general public to join FAM in warmly welcoming Mr. Gunda as he assumes one of the most the challenging jobs in the football world.
On Nyirenda’s appointment at Cosafa, FAM says it is very grateful to the former general secretary’s professionalism and dedicated service to the association.
“Mr. Nyirenda served FAM for 11 years, 5 years as the general secretary. During his tenure, FAM made excellent progress in various FIFA and CAF projects and programmes earning FIFA’s recognition as one of the best ran football associations in the world.
“As FAM, we are proud that COSAFA acknowledged Mr. Nyirenda’s professionalism and dedication to duty hence his appointment. This is good news not only to FAM but also to Malawi as a country because it bears testimony of the confidence that COSAFA has in one of our sons, the association and the country.
“We wish Mr. Nyirenda a very successful tour of service at COSAFA,” said the statement signed by Nyamilandu.