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Caf exclusion a big shame

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The sidelining of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) officials from all the Confederation of African Football (Caf) operational sub-committees should certainly give us food for thought on how we administer our soccer.

Newly-elected Caf President, Ahmad Ahmad, is reported to have chaired an Executive Committee meeting that led to the formation of the committees on the sidelines of a Fifa Congress in Bahrain on Monday.

Caf has formed 21 sub-committees which are supposed to oversee football operational issues such as marketing, competitions, women’s football, medical and club licensing.

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What is more disturbing is that some personalities from other countries like former Zambia Football Association president, Kalusha Bwalya and Zimbabwe Football Association President, Phillip Chiyangwa, are found in several sub-committees.

It is even more confusing and shameful that members from the little known footballing nations, who have never handled any regional or continental silverware since football was invented, like Djibouti, are appearing in several sub-committees.

To some of us, who have closely followed Malawi soccer, it is not surprising that Caf has decided to sideline us.

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There is a lot which needs to be done for Malawian football to be recognised by football confederations.

It is sad that we have become experts in Mickey Mouse football administration which has made the entire nation gloomy, and yet we want to make the world believe that there is progress in Malawi football.

Apart from the much-touted Chiwembe Technical Development Centre, there is literally nothing to show the world what Malawi has achieved as a footballing nation.

Obviously, when appointing people in positions, Caf looks at the capabilities of its members associations, therefore; it was pointless for them to appoint someone, who has achieved nothing, in their sub-committees.

On the other hand, there is a possibility that Fam messed up things during the elections for the Caf presidency.

This is the wrath you face when you vote wrongly. I still recall that there was a time when Fifa refused to give us technical support to construct Chiwembe Technical and Development project.

Malawians should, therefore, not bury their heads in the sand and pretend that this exclusion has no bearing on Malawi football.

These are committees of influence and Malawi football needed to be represented.

An association cannot influence continental football when it is outside these committees. This is why our neighbours, Zambia, will remain star performers in football circles.

Take it or leave it, Fam needs to do soul-searching on how it administers the game.

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