Barely days after the Central Region Football Association (CRFA) made headlines for all the wrong reasons over its decision to endorse and then reverse its endorsement of James Mwenda as its presidential candidate for Football Association of Malawi (FAM) polls, analyst Charles Nyirenda has urged the CRFA to put its house in order or risk losing public trust.
On Thursday last week, The Nation Newspaper carried a story in which CRFA General Secretary Bernard Chiwiriwiri Harawa was quoted as saying the association has endorsed Mwenda for FAM president come December.
But hours later after the story came out, CRFA issued a statement distancing itself from the story.
“James Mwenda really approached us on his intention to stand as FAM President in December 2019.We wished him well in his campaign and this did or does not, in any way, mean ’endorsement,” reads part of the statement.
Ironically the statement was co-signed by Chiwiriwiri himself and association chairperson Austin Ajawa.
But speaking through Zodiak Broadcasting Station soccer show, outspoken Nyirenda described the behaviour demonstrated by CRFA as a big joke.
According to Nyirenda, the Association must investigate its members as to who went out giving information that the Association has endorsed Mwenda.
“This is a big joke and if the Association is not careful it will lose public trust,” Nyirenda said
Nyirenda’s sentiments were also collaborated by another panelist Dr Kaponda Masiye who was of the view that some members within CRFA must stop running Association Business as personal entity.
“The December FAM elections it’s a matter of national importance so let’s refrain from personalizing it,” said Kaponda.
Already the football fraternity has been divided in opinion ahead of the FAM December polls.
The Northern Region Football Association came under fire some 2 weeks ago for openly declaring their support for FAM First Vice President James Mwenda when other candidates are yet to court the Association with their manifestos.
The road to Chiwembe this year looks to be exciting as already three candidates have expressed interest to challenge for the presidency while incumbent Walter Nyamilandu is yet to come out clear on whether he will seek re-election but the past few weeks have seen football enthusiasts in the country openly declaring their support for Nyamilandu.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :