Three regional football bodies have expressed unanimous support for the re-election of Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president candidate Walter Nyamilandu for a fourth term.
Nyamilandu, who has been at the helm of FAM for 12 years, will compete against Wilkins Mijiga and Willy Yabwanya Phiri in December 12 polls.
But Southern Region Football Association (SRFA), Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) and Central Region Football Association (CRFA) have endorsed Nyamilandu to extend his term and pledged to vote for him at Sunbird Nkopola lakeshore resort in Mangochi.
Speaking soon after Nyamilandu unveiled his fourth term manifesto at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on Saturday, three regions chairpersons said they are behind Nyamilandu who they say is the only candidate to develop the game of football among the three candidates they called “visitors of the game”.
Raphael Humba, who is the chairperson for SRFA, said his committee will give all their 6 votes to Nyamilandu.
He said the other candidates have not met the committee to canvass for votes.
Humba has since pledged to give Nyamilandu 26 votes with 18 votes from three regions and eight from other affiliates bodies.
NRFA chairperson Lameck Khonje said it’s not time to give the FAM leadership to “strangers” who have never played or administered football at any level, as that will not develop the sport.
On his part chairperson for CRFA Austin Ajawa challenged that the two aspiring candidates that no one will get maximum votes of 6, saying they are not fit for the post.
Nyamilandu said he was inspired by the affiliates to seek renewal of his mandate.
“You gave me the confidence to lead during the planting season, we had a healthy seed, and we have sustained a healthy crop and now it’s harvest time,” he said when he launched his manifesto.
He said his administration has already laid structures and foundation to transform the game of football, hence the next four years will be harvest time to realise goals already set.
Nyamilandu pledged to introduce Chifundo Charity Shield as an inaugural event for the proceeding season.
The shield modelled on the English FA Community Charity Shield features the most immediate champions and holders of a selected national Cup.
Proceeds from the match will be given to charity for support towards any under privileged members of the society.
FAM will sponsor the event by meeting administration expenses of the shield and by providing prize money towards the participating teams.
This would be a noble of way of ensuring that football gives back to the community, according to Nyamilandu.
Nyamilandu promised that Chiwembe Lodge, bar, gym and restaurant will be outsourced to enhance efficiency and professionalism to increase profits for the running of the game.
He also plans to sell Surestream Stadium to use the money as capital to set viable businesses.
“I challenge you that I am the right person for the job having acquired vast experience and relevant knowledge in football administration in the time that I have been in office. This puts me in good stead to devise lasting solutions and to keep football family united more than anyone else while we come up with a succinct succession plan for the next leader.
“Being the captain that has safely guided the ship on a voyage that was faced with storms and choppy waters, it will only be right and proper to usher me into office so that I can take you safely to where the hidden treasure lies. I know the map and I have the compass direction to lead you in the right direction,” said Nyamilandu.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :