As the underground campaign for Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presidency is slowly gathering momentum, Silver Strikers executive member Lawrence Yobe has thrown his full weight behind the candidancy of former Silver chairman McDonald Mafuta Mwale, describing him as the right candidate to change things at Fam.
Mwale, who steered Silver Silver strikers to five league championships during his reign as club chairman before taking up a position of director in the club’s board of trustees, recently declared his interest to contest for the position of Fam presidency during the next Fam elections scheduled for 2019.
However, the former Silver boss might face a stumbling block in his bid for the Fam hot seat if a new clause in the amended Fam statutes, barring non-affiliate members from contesting for Fam executive positions is anything to go by.
In a written statement made available to Nyasa Times this week, Yobe said he does not see anything preventing Mwale from contesting, having administered football at top club level for close to a decade.
“We know the new clause is targeting people like Dr Mwale but those who think Super League clubs do not fall within the status of an affiliate are acting out of ignorance. Super League clubs form the Super League of Malawi (Sulom), which is an affiliate of Fam and barring a club official from contesting in the elections is as good as barring Sulom.
“If Super League clubs are not part of Fam, why did the recent Fam general assembly allow members from top two Super League clubs to be part of the general assembly from now onwards?” queried Yobe.
The former University Football Club (UFC) captain declared his full support for Dr Mwale, describing him as an ‘intellect with immerse integrity, ethics and discipline and a man who has mastered the administration of football in Malawi for years.’
“The football standards in Malawi are so pathetic. The standards have perpetually being going down evidenced by the Flames current FIFA ranking outside the top 100 in the world.
“The office of FAM presidency has a critical and direct impact on football standards and having worked with Dr Mwale for years, I have a strong feeling that he is the best ever FAM aspirant candidate that all football lovers in the country should rely on,” said Yobe.
The former UFC star, who captained the defunct Super League side for five years said football is big business in modern days and needs to be run professionally.
“We need a person with unquestionable economic and administrative skills coupled with immerse ethics and exposure at local and international level. Dr Mwale is well poised to make the turnarounds in football circles national wide.
“He is the veracious candidate to inspire the Flames to qualify and lift the Africa Cup of Nations and participate in the World Cup. Naturally, Malawi has well gifted and skilful players, both in men and women categories, but the leadership is what fails the teams to attain deserved results. Dr Mwale is a strategist with sound football policies that include improved welfare of football players,” said Yobe.