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CRFA top brass to go unopposed

Analyst asks Sports Council to intervene

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Austin Ajawa

Most top officials in the Central Region Football Association (CRFA) are expected to retain their seats unopposed during the elective Annual General Meeting on slated for November 14 in Salima.

The development comes after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) released the final list of the candidates nominated by the nine district football committees.

“This letter serves to confirm receipt of nominations CRFA for the forthcoming Elective General Assembly. As provided for in the statues of CRFA, members have the right to nominate candidates. Therefore, every district football committee is required to confirm these nominations of the candidates of the Elective General Assembly,” reads part of the letter from Fam.

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According to a list which Fam released Saturday, incumbent CRFA chairperson Austin Ajawa is set to retain his seat unopposed just like his SRFA counterpart Raphael Humba. Former Fam first vice president James Mwenda, who was reportedly intending to bounce back into football administration after losing to Walter Nyamilandu during last year’s Fam polls, has not been nominated.

Mwenda could not be reached for comment.

CRFA General Bernard Chiwiriwiri Harawa is also expected to go unopposed just like his vice Antonio Manda. Vice Treasurer Missi Bwanali is also expected to sail through unopposed.

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Harawa said the nomination process was free and fair.

“We believe the list is a representation of the nomination from the committees,” he said.

In the Northern Region, incumbent chairperson Lameck Khonje is also reported to go unopposed after he secured nominations from all the districts football committees.

Former Fam acting General Secretary George Kaudza Masina was not surprised with CRFA’s nominations.

“This was expected as the trio of Harawa, Manda and Missi were the ones who were going round the districts with funding from above and were dictating the affiliates on who to nominate. The positions of Vice chairman and Treasurer have been left open as a screensaver only but the truth is that Lijenje and Likagwa are out of contest after being labelled as outcasts the way they have done with Owen Munthali,” he said.

Masina called on the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) to intervene as the tendency can cripple local football.

“If these things are left unchecked it will be the end of football. The way these nominations have been conducted one cannot rule out fraud in the whole process.

“If this unfortunate practice is to came to a complete halt, Malawi National Council of Sports and even other bodies fighting corruption and injustices have to step in. There is nothing good which can come from Fam as there are an accomplice in this dirty scheme otherwise our beautiful game has been compromised. The leadership of Fam should be ashamed leaving the game of football to such basic people for their selfish benefits,” he said.

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