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Beach soccer, Fam case adjourned to August 5

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The High Court has adjourned to August 5 the case involving Beach Soccer Association (BSA) and Football Association of Malawi (Fam).

BSA sought the court’s intervention after Fam ordered its affiliate to go to the polls, insisting that office bearers’ mandates had expired in 2018.

However, Fam still proceeded with the elections on Saturday in Mangochi District.

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The ousted BSA executive committee, led by Kondwani Gondwe, applied for an injunction stopping the polls but the court called for inter-party hearing

Justice Ruth Chinangwa was Wednesday expected to make a determination on the matter but Fam, through lawyer Patrick Mpaka, asked for more time to file a response.

“The court appointment for Wednesday was too close for Fam and us to study the documents and prepare a response to share with our colleagues on the other side. By law, Fam is entitled to at least two clear days’ notice, so the court and lawyers on the other side easily understood and allowed us more time,” Mpaka said.

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Lawyer representing the ousted BSA executive, Gilbert Khonyongwa, confirmed that the matter had been adjourned for the defendant to file and serve a response.

The elections saw Gift Chimbalanga becoming chairperson after defeating Mike Bwanali by 14 votes against one while former Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers defender, Panganeni Ndovi, was elected vice chairperson unopposed.

Wakisa Mwambetania was elected general secretary unopposed whereas Jayne Jella also went in as vice general secretary without opposition.

Force Ngwira and William Kumilambe were elected treasurer and organising secretary, respectively.

Andy Khunga, Edwin Mtachi and Simon Malipa were elected executive committee members.

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