Nyamilandu won’t resign as FA Malawi boss: Not seeking another term in 2019

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has declared that he will not bow down to pressuring calls coming from a section of the general public for his resignation on the basis of the national team’s poor performance, saying he has constitutional mandate to lead the association until December 2019.

Nyamilandu addresses the media flanked by his general secretary Alfred Gunda (left) and competitions & media manager Gomezgani Zakazaka

Nyamilandu made this stand on Wednesday during a press conference he convened at FAM’s Mpira Village at Chiwembe in Limbe, saying he will see off the rest of his term as entrusted by the FAM general assembly and that he won’t seek another term of office.

“It should be emphasised that my mandate is not all about the Malawi national team performance, but a holistic 360 degrees approach in football development at all levels,” he said.

“In the past three years, we have made tremendous strides in other critical areas of football development as outlined in my manifesto and among them is the promotion of women’s football through the launch of the FAM Women’s Leagues, integrated youth competitions with the launch of the FAM Under 15 leagues and Presidential Under 17 leagues.

“We have also secured funds for the establishmenr of football academies, re-enforced beach soccer, facilitated training and development of high calibre coaches under CAF A and B licence programmes and launched the programme of training Under 15 referees.

“We have acquired more sponsors and partners like the coming in of Airtel, FISD and Chitetezo Mbaula among others and we have undergone infrastructure development following the upgrade of Chiwembe ground into a stadium.

“We ensured consistent participation of international junior competitions, initiated the establishment of football players association and championed for the professionalisation of the Super League throigh Club Licensing.

“We have strengthened the secretariat with highly qualified  and capable personnel in technical and administrative matters and fulfilled our corporate social responsibility through the FAM Charity Shield.”

Nyamilandu continued to say with regard to the 2019 candidature, he already made a stand some time back that he has no intentions of standing again and shall make it clear once more at the forthcoming general assembly in December 2018.

“However, let me stress  again that my motive is to leave a lasting legacy in Malawi football. I only have 15 months left in office and  such this is very critical for me to work on issues that will correct the future of Malawi football.

“I therefore would like to call upon all stakeholders to leave [football] politics aside, respect my mandate and that of my entire executive as we continue to build strong stuctures that will grow the game on a sustainable basis.”

On the planned demonstration by a section of the public to express their disappointment over the Flames’ 0-3 loss against Morocco in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers and calling for the resignation of the coach and himself, Nyamilandu said the concerned people should have used the right channel to communicate their grievances rather than using threats and turning football into war.

“We have discovered that the motives for  the march were not necessarily about Flames’ performance in Morocco but were being championed  for [football] political reasons which ultimately sought to seek a leadership change or a coup at FAM.

“This is illegal and unconstitutional and it would have set a very bad precedent in the governance of football. FAM has proper structures at all levels of the game and we advise  all stakeholders to use the available structures to present their grievances other than taking to the streets.

“By structures, we mean that one can use any district association, organised club, regional associations and the FAM secretariat, which has the personnel dedicated to game every day of the week but it is commendable that the planned demos have been called off and FAM’s doors are open for discussion.”

In conclusion, Nyamilandu said he is committed to leave  that lasting legacy together with his executive committee and that FAM is one of the institutions that has done well in respecting its statutes.

“We have crucial assignments in the AFCON qualifiers starting with Cameroon in three weeks’ time, let’s join hands in preparing for the matches that lie ahead to boost our chances of qualification,” he said.

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Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

One thing I like about Nyamilandu is that he has tried his best to defend FAM against corruption tendencies at the time almost each and every public institution has been infected. However the stand he has taken that he and the coach can’t resign because they still have the constitution mandate to still rule smacks of dictatorship. To me he should have had his speech go like this: “I understand some people’s concern that the national team under the current coach is not producing expected results. We at FAM are equally concerned and we, especially me as president, are doing… Read more »

Richard Mbetewa
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Richard Mbetewa

Isn’t it arrogant of him to be saying today, munandionapo ndili pagolo ine? When he was Making all those promises during the FAM election about Flames, did he think he would be sitting in goals or being on the field? Malawians, tinyanya kukuzilolela mbavazi. He uses FAM as a source of income. Ma reporters, go back and search his promises that he made during his campaign and see if you will not find promises about Flames performances. He should stick to killing his wives for rituals this idiot. After 24 years as FAM president, he has no idea how to… Read more »

CitizenX
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CitizenX

I said it when walter was elected again as FAM president that this guy has run out of ideas and he will not improve Malawi football, now look at you crying, NOW IT IS TIME TO GO WALTER GET THE FUCK OUT, HE wants to use the last 15 months to clean out the FAM ACCOUNTS, ya I have said it again and I hope this time you will listen to me. FOOTBALL LOVING MALAWIANS its time to go to the streets and force this useless wife killing bustard OUT OUT. like Chilima said “ITS IS TIME TO DRAIN THE… Read more »

bunali
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bunali

life president of a failed football association

WAPAKANTHAWI
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WAPAKANTHAWI

zomatenga malawi football ngati zakunyumba kwanu amalawi takana. ndiposo zomawopsyezanaso ayi. RVG azipita uyo

MA D7 MA D6
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MA D7 MA D6

NYAMALANDU IS A SAVAGE !!

mediaz
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mediaz

Water is useless akufuna kuti azingomba ndalama ndi coach wakeyo wopanda ntchito.

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

Time to go Walter. No politics . The whole region has strong teams than us. Go go go go.
Infact we are tired of you together with the two bafoons who comented about wanderers and bullets supporters not to join.

Watematema Mutu
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Walter has lost vigour and stamina to run FAM.

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT ALL THOSE GROUNDWORKS SHOULD CULMINATE INTO FORMIDABLE MALAWI NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS. BUT ALAS! THATS NOT THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND, MALAWI FOOTBALL IS HEADING INTO AN ABYSS!! MR WALTER, PERFOMANCE IS MEASURED AND IN YOUR CASE YOU’VE A VERY POOR RATING, YOU’VE PERFOMED BELOW PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS SO JUST GO!! NKHUMBA YAMOYO IMANENEPA IKAMADYA OSATI KUWONDA !!! IF YOU ARE IMPROVING THINGS AT FAM, WHY ARE THE PRODUCTS; 1. (ALL MALAWI NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS PERFORMING POORLY??? 2. WHY DO WE HAVE INCONSTITENT FIXTURES FOR OUR DOMESTIC LEAGUES ( I.E. SOUTHERN REGION TEAMS PLAYING 90% OFTHE 2ND ROUND… Read more »

piyasi
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piyasi

Nyamilandu mbava yachabe chabe

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