Walter seeks fifth term as FA Malawi president: ‘Affiliates have trust in me’

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu will seek a fifth term at the associations polls in December, putting an end to months of uncertainty as he has changed from  his earlier decision to bow out at the end of his 15-year reign.

Nyamilandu is likely to win a fifth term as the electorate at the polls will be the FAM’s nine affiliates, who are all in support of his leadership.

His challengers will be FAM first vice-president  James Mwenda who declared interest in his boss’ position in July, Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda and former FAM vice-president Moses Mkandawire.

Announcing his bid for a fifth presidential term, Nyamilandu said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that he has been persuaded  by the affiliates to reverse his earlier decision not to contest, saying his decision to seek re-election has been highly motivated by the need to respond to the call of the affiliates having extensively consulted with individual members.

“I have received overwhelming support and encouragement by members of the affiliates to stand again owing to the remarkable achievements that have been realised while I have been at the helm of office.

”I therefore, cannot ignore the affiliates who have shown significant trust and confidence in me as the best candidate,” reads the statement in part.

Nyamilandu also said his stay in office at Fifa Council and FAM need to run simultaneously for the country to benefit in football development.

He said: “I believe that it is now time for the entire football fraternity to reap the fruits of my appointment as a member of the Fifa Council. Under the circumstances, it is only logical that while I am serving as a member of the Fifa Council, my stay in office as the president of FAM should simultaneously run together so that the country can fully maximise the benefits of my membership to this supreme body.​

“It is also paramount to mention that in the unlikely event of not being FAM president, it would water down the relevance of being a Fifa Council member by virtue of not having a constituency to represent. The result of which is that you lose bargaining power that would have been instrumental in influencing and shaping the development of football at all levels,” he said.

Nyamilandu also said he would like to complete unfinished projects which are already underway as stipulated in his 2015 ‘Harvest Time’ manifesto.

“I am in a better and stronger position than ever to undertake projects of this nature while serving as a member of the Fifa Council drawing from the new connections that have been carved on the international platform. Not to mention the vast experience and knowledge gained while serving as FAM president, which puts me in good stead to transform the game of football in Malawi and take it to a new level,” he said.

Nyamilandu was first voted into office in 2004 in a by-election to replace Sameer Suleman (now member of Parliament), who lost the position after failing to fulfil FAM constitutional requirement of a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) certificate.

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Nzika
Nzika
2 years ago

China ukunena zoona, Walter is evil just like his mother. She was Shire Highlands Education Division Manageress. Koma amaucheka mwano osati masewera without shame! Mwana wakeyu watengera zomwezo! Walter, what will happen in the event of your demise before you have groomed your succesor? What you are doing is what we call ‘selfishness.’ Are you another Mugabe? What does FAM Constitution say? Mukalolera zopusazi ndiye zanu!

gwenenthe mwale
gwenenthe mwale
2 years ago

very stupid ideas
malawi has good football administrators NOT nyamilandu
fotseki

China
China
2 years ago

This guy is evil no wonder amapha azikazi Ake for sacrificing position yake ku Fifa.Munthu okuba oyipa mtima.Please musamuvotele

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
2 years ago
Reply to  China

HOOO PAJA EEEE NGWASATANI PAJAAAA,ACHINA CHILIMA MKATI KKK,ALBERT MBAWALA MKATI.ANTHU OCHITA BWINO CHIFUKWA CHAMAGAZI KKKKK.AYII NZAPANSI POMPANO KKK

Patriot
2 years ago

kumakhala serious3

Eagles Eye
Eagles Eye
2 years ago

He’s a fucken dictator- he’s been on the helm for too long and as educated as he is should have said guys iv done my part let me rest
Selfish busted

Limma
Limma
2 years ago

This is joke!
Malawians we mustn’t sit aside and allow this nonsense to go on. We all know what a flop this man is. He is the worst person to have lead our national football ever. Footballing standards have tumbled and capitulated by all measures under his administration.

Mtisunge, please tell Walter enough is enough. I plead with you Mtisunge, please tell your boyfriend it’s high time he left the role for someone who is more competent and has the national team’s best interest at heart.

Marcel Kambadya
Marcel Kambadya
2 years ago

It’s too much Mr nyamilandu, mwayamba za DPP et,but give chance to others to run FAM

Mwinithako
Mwinithako
2 years ago

Walter has a system of bribing voters !!God will turn a deaf ear now this time kkkk.

phillips wanga
phillips wanga
2 years ago

You can hardly understand the cadets they cling on up until the affiliates will betray Malawi.I smell ant-Walter demos after Jane’s.

alpha
alpha
2 years ago

Thank you all for commenting. I have commented before and I was very sure he’d stand again. Here he is with his WHY I AM SEEKING RE-ELECTION bullshit. Even state presidency has 2-term limit. There are good reasons for that. So far it works relatively well for Malawians. Malawi has a population of over 15 million people, and many love the game of football. Majority live a modest life but strive to pay gate fee for the love of football. Here we have Walter and his affiliates, sadly same ‘mafia’ characters, making sure they control everything regarding Malawi football except… Read more »

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