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HIS FATE IN COURT HANDS—Chimbalanga

The High Court in Lilongwe is today expected to start hearing a case involving Beach Soccer Association and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) over the legality of the newly elected committee.

Fam sanctioned elections which ushered new BSA executive committee at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on Saturday. The previous BSA executive led by Kondwani Gondwe applied for an injunction stopping the elections but the court called for inter-partes hearing slated for today in Lilongwe.

The court today is expected to nullify or uphold the electoral process. Lawyer representing previous committee, Gilbert Khonyongwa said they were ready for the hearing.

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“On our side, we are ready for the hearing. It will be up to the court to make a decision on the matter,” he said.

Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda was not available for his comment Tuesday. But the association through its First Vice president Jabber Alide justified the decision to go ahead with the polls on Saturday saying there was no injunction stopping them from holding the polls.

The Saturday’s elections saw Gift Chimbalanga elected chairperson after defeating Mike Bwanali having amassed 14 votes to one. Former Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers defender Panganeni Ndovi was elected vice chairperson unopposed whereas Wakisa Mwambetania was elected as General Secretary unopposed.

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Jayne Jella and Force Ngwira were elected vice General Secretary and Treasurer unopposed, respectively. William Kumilambe was voted as Organising Secretary after defeating Wanangwa Kapapa 12- 3. Andy Khunga, Edwin Mtachi and Samson Malipa were elected committee members.

Beach soccer was introduced in Malawi in 2007 but the country made its maiden appearance at the Cosafa Cup in 2016 and finished as runners up to Madagascar.

For the past two years, Malawi has participated in the Copa Dar es salaam but the team endured a miserable campaign.

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