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All set for Fifa polls, Nyamilandu casts Malawi vote

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All is set for a new chapter when troubled world football controlling body, Fifa, ushers in a new president on Friday to take charge of world football affairs for the next four years.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president, Walter Nyamilandu, will on behalf of the country, voted on Friday morning at Fifa headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, during the elective assembly.

Surely, the race is on to succeed embattled former president, Sepp Blatter.

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Of Fam’s interest is a candidate who would build on Goal Projects that have transformed Mpira Village (formerly Chiwembe Technical Centre), with more facilities being erected in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.

Five candidates are vying for the world’s hottest football seat, but there are indications that the race is between Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim and Uefa general secretary, Gianni Infantino.

Sheikh Salman has the backing of Fifa’s largest constituency of voters— Confederation of African Football (Caf) which boasts 54 votes, including that of Malawi.

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Infantino has also made inroads in Africa, Europe and The America, hence he is also a frontrunner.

However, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who gave Blatter a good run for his money during last year’s elections, cannot be ruled out.

And so is the case with Frenchman, Jerome Champagne and rank-outsider, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa.

“I think I will make an impact in Africa. I think I will get more than half the African votes. Caf did not endorse me but I am confident I had enough individual interactions with leaders to gain their confidence,” Infantito told Reuters.

The Fam boss Nyamilandu has kept his choice under wraps, but referee great, Bester Kalombo, has repeatedly thrown his weight behind either Salman or Sexwale.

The former Caf referee manager, Kalombo, said time has come for Fifa to have a leader either from Asia or Africa, arguing that the presidency has always been monopolised by South Americans and Europeans. Blatter is Swiss.

The winners will be decided through a two thirds majority in the first round of the secrets ballot.

If none of the candidates get the two thirds, voting will descend into the second round where the winner will get the seat on a simple majority.

For more details about the candidates read the International Sports page inside.

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