No politics in football, warns FA Malawi

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has strongly condemned the behavior of some soccer administrators particularly in the central region who are trying to bring politics into the game of football.

The development comes following the on going wrangle of leadership in the Central Region Football Committee (CRFC).

Few weeks ago, FAM fired six members of the CRFC accusing them of breaking the rules of soccer administration and later, the suspended members started backfiring and demanded that the CRFC Chairman Austin Ajawa be fired claiming  he is into active politics.

In a statement released by FAM and made available to Nyasa Times,the soccer governing body has expressed concern with the behavior of the fired members accusing them of stirring the mess in the central region.

Nyirenda: No politics

“The Football Association of Malawi is saddened with the developments that are unfolding in one of its Affiliates, the Central RegionFootball Committee. Following the verdict by FAM’s Disciplinary Committee to suspend some members of the Central Region football Committee, it was expected that the suspended members will show remorse and help to bring sanity in the Committee,” reads part of the statement signed by FAM Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda.

The statement further states that “It is unfortunate that the suspended members are bringing politics into the issue having already breached the dispute settlement procedures by taking FAM to civil courts contrary to Article 55 of FAM Constitution”.

The statement reminds the suspended members that FIFA Regulations do not condone taking football matters to civil courts and that it is punishable.

According to the statement, FAM has immediately taken over the talks of the K3 Million football competition which expected to start after the Presidential Cup with sponsorship from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and ruling DPP presidential candidate Peter Mutharika.

Meanwhile, FAM says it will not stand aside and look at the continuation of trouble in the Central Region Soccer Committee.

“FAM will continue working hard to make sure that the issues surrounding CRFC are resolved and we are appealing to all members to avoid fueling the problems by dragging football into politics” concludes the statement.

Two of the suspended members

were slapped with a six months ban while the other four were charged with an 18 month ban.

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