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Delegates at Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Mzuzu recently reportedly failed to endorse proposals to amend the association’s constitution.

Instead, the AGM deferred the matter to another meeting scheduled for December at a date and venue to be announced.

The AGM, was among other items, expected to adopt a proposal to abolish Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) as a minimum qualification for Executive Committee members of the association.

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But the delegates demanded more time before adopting the amendments, which were first discussed during a similar meeting held Mangochi last year.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Executive Committee Member, Charles Manyungwa, is reported to have told the Mzuzu gathering that there was need for a special meeting to adopt the amendments.

“We need ample time for us to debate the issues because we are talking about changing some articles in the constitution. We also need to be briefed on who proposed the amendments and the motive,” Manyungwa is reported to have said.

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The association’s Legal Committee, led by Jabbar Alide presented the proposals to the Mangochi meeting but some of the proposals were rejected.

Among the proposals that were rejected during the Mangochi meeting included plans to introduce a Bachelor’s Degree as a minimum qualification for those contesting for Fam positions, including the presidency and the two deputies.

In response to the affiliates’ concerns, Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, told delegates during the Mzuzu meeting that the association respects their views and accepted to defer the matter to another gathering.

Other suggested changes to Fam’s constitution are that Fam Executive Committee should comprise 10 members of which 20 percent should be women. But the women will be co-opted.

Another controversial issue included the association’s proposal to have full control of broadcasting rights for all matches in the country.

Currently, Sulom owns broadcasting rights for TNM Super League whereas Fam manages rights for cup and international games.

Last year, Sulom awarded exclusive television broadcasting rights for Super League games to Beta Television but the broadcaster failed to pay the agreed money.

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