Football Association of Malawi (FAM) presidential hopeful Willy Yabwanya Phiri , who was nominated by National Referees Committee to run for FAM president post, will on Friday officially launch his manifesto at Cross Roads Hotel in Lilongwe which the incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu is also set to launch his fourth-term manifesto at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Both candidates will have a live showdown at the presidential race debate organised by Zodiac Broadcasting Station (ZBS) at Bingu International Conference Centre on Saturday.
The Canada-based FAM presidential candidate arrived in the country on Tuesday evening through the Kamuzu International Airport for December 12 FAM polls scheduled for Mangochi.
In his manifesto titled ‘A Roadmap to Redefine Malawi’s Football Destiny’, Yabwanya pledges to improve the welfare of players, inject resources into grassroots football and increase affiliates’ annual subvention from K150 000 to K1 million.
He has also pledged to introduce electronic ticketing system and pension scheme for players.
“I will also introduce electronic ticketing and electronic turnstile to remove the human element at the gate. This is the only way to curb gate revenue fraud and curtail corruption. I will also ensure that I take a lead to combating fraud and corruption to protect the integrity of the game and maximise revenue turn over,” Yabwanya pledges in his manifesto.
Yabwanya said he would establish the Willy Yabwanya Foundation to help players who want to go back to school. The aim is to minimise the number of players that struggle after football.
National Referees Committee general secretary Chris Kalichero, said:“All the stakeholders including affiliates, journalists, club officials, players and analysts are invited to attend the launch of the manifesto, by Yabwanya.”
The other FAM presidential candidate Wilkins Mijiga was scheduled to launch his manifesto at the Lilongwe Golf club in Lilongwe Thursday evening.