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Cease fire, let us forge ahead

This is a festive period where people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, my only Lord and Saviour, who has always seen me through thick and thin and has blessed me abundantly.

As we are approaching the New Year, I would like to extend my messages of goodwill to the sports fraternity and avid readers of this column. I wish you a prosperous New Year.

This has been a very hectic year for the sports fraternity, especially those in football.

Just two weeks ago, Fam went to the polls to elect new office-bearers and Walter Nyamilandu was re-elected for the fourth consecutive term as president. He is expected to serve for four years.

The elections have left cracks amongst the Fam affiliates since they differed in the choice of candidates. This is normal in every election.

However, it is high time all the hatchets were buried and the football fraternity moved forward. In every election, there are winners and losers but in football we believe in Fair Play.

Nyamilandu has appealed to all those who voted against him to reconcile and forge ahead. But will his message be heard by those who have fought so hard against him for the last four years? It is my plea that time has come for us to work together for the betterment of the game.

For Nyamilandu, his overwhelming re-election is a clear mandate to spring clean the Fam house and reshape it for a more prosperous and harmonious future.

There is need for Nyamilandu and his committee to consider other issues raised by other contestants.

Nyamilandu has a big task of re-uniting players in the game because he would be the biggest loser if the situation is not rectified.

And for those who have failed to make it to the top echelon of Malawi football in the just-ended elections, we ask them to accept the result with humility, forget the past and forge ahead.

We have seen people like the current Super League of Malawi president Innocent Bottoman losing a Sulom election to Henry Chibowa, but came back strongly to win the position after four years and consequently defended it unopposed in the second term.

Losing an election is not an end of everything and there is always life after an election.

We are fed up with this politicking in the press. This is the time for Malawi football family to forge ahead together in this battle of reclaiming our lost status.

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