Beware of vultures, hyenas on the road to Chiwembe


As Football Association of Malawi (Fam) goes to the polls to give a four-year mandate to new office bearers in December, the path to Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre has been invaded by vultures and hyenas.

Just like in Presidential and Parliamentary polls there are opportunists who would want to reap where they did not sow by hoodwinking aspirants that they are conversant with football administration and have influence on the voters.

In the past elections most Fam executive committee aspirants have ended up groaning and mourning after they failed to get nomination from the affiliates to make them eligible to stand despite investing heavily in the campaign.


This is also the time when even sports journalism is invaded by quacks and upstarts who masquerade as sports reporters to take advantage of the ignorance of the aspirants to milk them of their fortune.

Most of the time, Fam elections are riddled with mudslinging because the electoral road is invaded by these vultures and hyenas.

This time around, we anticipate a more mature campaign like what happened prior to the Super League of Malawi’s election a couple of months ago. It set a good benchmark for its promotion of mature and exciting debates.


My advice is that the aspirants must read the amended Fam Constitution before they commit themselves to this tricky game otherwise they will be in for a big shock.

What I dislike about the current aspirants is that most of them are exhausting their energy opposing that the incumbent Walter Nyamilandu should not stand again because he has overstayed forgetting that the Fam Constitution guarantees him that freedom.

What I think, those who want Nyamilandu out, must tell us, are his administrative flaws, if he has any, other than his longevity of staying in office because that smacks of jealousy.

These aspirants need to tell us what they will do for the Malawi football other than devoting much of their energy on trivia.

To some of us, who have seen it all in football, we know that beating Nyamilandu in this game is not an easy task. He is classical reader of the game no wonder he floored big brains and seasoned administrators when he was only 31 to become the Fam president.

Lest we forget that Nyamilandu has spent most of his adulthood running football at top level and he knows football politics like an inside of his palm.

The problem with most Malawian football administrators is that they do not want to face reality. They like to be told lies and believe in them. Take it or leave it, the road to Chiwembe will be rough and bumpy with vultures and hyenas lurking in the dark.

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