Mac Millan Walter Nyimlandu is facing a vote of no confidence as more credible candidates have emerged to challenge his fourth term bid in the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) presidential elections to be held on December 18.
Joining the race are renowned banker Wilkins Mijiga, golfer and prominent private practice lawyer John Gift Mwakhwawa. Others include Allie Mwachande, Chikwawa United chairperson Owen Chomanika Owen Chomanika, Kelvin Mmangisa and goalkeeper legend Boniface Maganga who have already indicated their aspirations to contest for the FAM hot seat.
Former footballers and administrators Henry Kaka Chibowa and Alick Tahuna have only been approached to stand.
Nyamilandu, who is seeking a fourth term, remains the firm favourite for the role as he has backing from the affiliates who are the voters.
He however faces resistance from the football fraternity not to elongate his stay at FAM hence the emergence of more credible people to run the soccer governing body.
“I have something to offer to the soccer fraternity,” said Mijiga who is credited to have assisted Nyamilandu set up the FAM Cup which later changed to Standard Bank Knockout Cup after the bank took over funding of the competition.
Makhwawa who said he has been involved in football “in the background” is challenging Nyamilandu dynasty at FAM
“I am just fed up that a country of around 15 million people should only have one person managing football for more than three terms.
“If he had achieved what he wanted, he would have stepped down. By clinging to power it just shows that he is yet to achieve what he wanted,” said Makhwawa as quoted in the press.
Candidates are required to serve mainstream football in any capacity for at least five years going into an election.