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Affiliate ‘pens’ Walter Nyamilandu against 5th term bid

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

One of Football Association of Malawi (Fam)’s affiliates, National Youth Football Association (NYFA), has reportedly written incumbent president, Walter Nyamilandu, expressing concern over reports that he might seek re-election for a fifth four-year term.

Nyamilandu indicated that he would not seek re-election at the end of his fourth term in December 2019, but Weekend Nation quotes him as saying he would come up with a final position later.

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“I will make my position known in the next few months,” Nyamilandu is quoted as saying.

But NYFA has reportedly penned Nyamilandu, expressing concern that the Fifa Council Executive Member is interested in retaining his seat during the December polls.

“As NYFA, we consulted our affiliates (members) and we are so appreciative for the support the president has rendered to our committee. There are several positives: The association has grown from strength to strength,” a source at NYFA said.

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“The committee members have been nurtured well and NYFA is one of the models of associations. Actually, as NYFA, we have written Walter an e-mail expressing concern with the rumour that is going around that he wants to seek re-election.”

He added: “We believe Mr President has been the best leader Fam has ever had. Despite not being able to foretell about the capabilities of the next leader, but as an association, we have requested him to consider not standing again not only because he will lose but knowing that he has mentored a good number of people over the years. It is time that those that have been mentored assume leadership roles while he is still around to utilise him as an adviser.”

NYFA Chairperson, Chimango Munthali, Wednesday said he did not want The Daily Times to publish such a story.

“Please take note that any communication between us and the president is an in-house communication and happens all the time and is not for public consumption. After all, these are just rumours,” Munthali said.

When contacted Wednesday if he would seek re-election, Nyamilandu said he was pre-occupied in a meeting outside the country.

Commenting on the election issue, Southern Region Football Association Chairperson, Raphael Humba, said every person, including Nyamilandu, has a right to stand.

“Firstly, Walter is eligible to stand but there is a process. Every candidate goes through a process. You might be interested in standing but not be nominated. A candidate can be nominated but not be elected, so people should not be scared of any person,” Humba said.

So far, only Karonga United Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga, has openly declared interest in contesting for the Fam presidency while Vice-President James Mwenda’s name has also been linked with the post.

Mwenda told Weekend Nation that he was yet to decide on whether to vie for the position.

Currently, Executive Committee members Daud Ntanthiko and Jabbar Alide have expressed interest in contesting for Fam vice- presidency whereas Lameck Khonje is challenging incumbent second vice-president Othaniel Hara.

Nyamilandu is the country’s longest serving Fam President, having been at the association for 16 years. He is eligible to stand as per Fam’s constitution.

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