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A Walter-tight race, Fam president Nyamilandu launches manifesto

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Football Association of Malawi president Walter Nyamilandu, on Saturday unveiled his blueprint as he re-runs for the office. The manifesto is aimed at making Malawi football professional and commercially viable.

The launch took place at Crossroad Hotel in Lilongwe ahead of December 12 elections set for Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.

This comes a day after other presidential candidates, Wilkins Mijiga and Willy Yabwanya Phiri, also unveiled their manifestos in Lilongwe.

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Nyamilandu, who is seeking a fourth term in office, justified his decision to have another go at Fam’s top leadership. He said he still has good things for Malawi football hence his fourth term bid.

“I have big projects for Malawi football and the best is yet to come. We have unfinished business and our team has vision to develop the game. I want to leave Malawi football in safe and able hands” Nyamilandu said.

The launch was attended by the majority of affiliates and some football administrators including James Mwenda, who is also vying for the position of first vice president.

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) vice president, Daudi Suleman, also attended the launch alongside Jabba Alide and Othaniel Hara.

In his manifesto, themed ‘It’s harvest time’, Nyamilandu has pledged to contribute towards the social economic development of the country andassist in putting Malawi on the world map through a thriving and robust football industry.

He said his mission would be to effectively administer, develop and control the game of football, in tandem with Fifa rules and regulations.

Among other things, Nyamilandu said his goal in the next four years would be to make Malawi a respected football nation and reinforce its dominance on the African continent and beyond by running successful national teams which have world class players.

Under Nyamilandu, the Flames qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2010 in Angola.

The incumbent outlined a number of plans including developing football at grassroots and improving the welfare of players by setting up a Welfare Fund which would be financed through gate revenue.

In the next four years, Nyamilandu has also pledged to strengthen the capacity of local coaches by introducing new coaching development programmes.

He also said it was sad that Malawi football is the cheapest on the continent as fans pay less to watch matches than in other countries.

Just like Yabwanya and Mijiga’s manifestors, Nyamilandu’s manifesto focuses on developing football at grassroots level.

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