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Affiliates in manifesto mania

EARLY BIRD—Mwenda raises his fist

Most affiliates for the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) are this weekend set to brainstorm and decide on which candidates to support ahead of the association’s polls slated for December 14 during the elective annual general meeting.

The nomination window closes on Thursday.

Apparently, four presidential aspirants; Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, First Vice-President, James Mwenda, Karonga United Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga and Balawala Vingula, have in recent days unveiled their manifesto.

Former fam vice president Moses Mkandawire is expected to launch his manifesto today in Mzuzu.

So far, only Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) and Beach Soccer Association have presented their nomination, opting for Mwenda at the expense of the incumbent Nyamilandu.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said the body would meet today, in Nkhata Bay to, among other things, nominate their preferred candidates.

“We have several agenda items but we will also go through manifestos of all the candidates. Hopefully by the end of the meeting, we should be able to nominate a candidate who has better plans for us,” she said.

National Youth Football Association General Secretary, Thokozani Chimbali, said they will nominate candidates tomorrow during a meeting in Lilongwe.

“I can’t say where exactly the executive meeting will take place. We have had ample time to critic most of the manifestos and see what’s best for youth football. So, at the end of the day on Sunday, we should have our nomination paper filled,” he said.

Meanwhile, Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) and National Coaches Association (NCA) will hold their respective meetings on Wednesday, a day before the nomination window closes.

SRFA Chairperson, Raphael Humba, said they wanted more time to make an informed decision.

“This is why we are meeting on Wednesday so that we should go through each manifesto thoroughly to determine what’s best for us and entire football fraternity. However, I can’t reveal where we are meeting,” he said.

NCA Publicity Secretary, Aubrey Nankhuni, uttered similar sentiments, saying it was important to critic each manifesto to nominate the best candidate.

“This is why we will hold our meeting on Wednesday. This process requires more time,” he said.

Nyamilandu launched his manifesto ,tagged ‘Raising the Bar’ at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre on Thursday whereas Mwenda unveiled his blue print dubbed ‘The Four Pillars’ at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on October 28.

Karonga United Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga and Balawala Vingula also unveiled their plans.

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