One of the December 14 Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presidential elections aspirants, Alufeyo Chipanga, has announced his intention to contest during Northern Region Football Association’s (NRFA) elections scheduled for next month.
Chipanga, who failed to get a nomination in the elections which saw Walter Nyamilandu retaining the presidency with 23 votes against his then vice James Mwenda’s 13, was the first to announce his intention to run for the presidency of the country’s football governing body.
The Karonga United Director said failure to get a nomination in the Fam elections has not affected his future ambitions of contesting for the top job in the country’s football.
He said gaining experience at regional level would help him become better qualified for the Fam presidency.
“I will vie for a position at regional level to keep my hopes of contesting as a Fam president alive. I am certainly going to vie for a position in the regional elections but I am still considering which position to compete for.
“I want to be careful because football is full of politics and it would not be healthy to engage in a battle for power with people running NRFA now. But just tell the world that I will contest when the association goes to the polls,” Chipanga said.
Former Fam general secretary and executive member, George Kaudza Masina, has hailed Chipanga for being bold enough to step back and start football administration from an affiliate level.
“Chipanga should have done this before announcing his interest to vie for the Fam presidency. It was a bit too early for him to vie for the hot seat before garnering experience at affiliate level. “Contesting for this big post needs someone to gain experience as an administrator with a bigger body that works with Fam. What Chipanga has done is, not only commendable, but also worth emulating for all future contestants. He has also demonstrated wisdom and maturity as a leader,” Masina said.
Chipanga has been one of the most recognizable faces in the running and financing of Karonga United which survived relegation in the TNM Super League and qualified for the final of the Airtel Top 8.
His leadership helped Karonga to survive the chop for the second successive season at the expense of Masters Security, Dwangwa United and Mlatho Mponela.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.