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Fam appoints Alfred Gunda as general secretary

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The Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has appointed executive member Alfred Gunda to replace Suzgo Nyirenda as its general secretary.

Nyirenda is heading to the Confederation of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) where he will be the deputy chief executive.

Gunda’s appointment was made at a Fam executive committee meeting on Saturday in Mzuzu but it was kept under wraps until yesterday when it was confirmed in a press release.

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The release, signed by Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, says Gunda’s name was proposed by Nyamilandu himself and approved by the executive in line with article 39 (3) of the association’s statutes.

Gunda has held the position of Fam executive member for less than a year after serving the Northern Region Football Association as general secretary.

He joined Mzuzu University in 2005 as a sports administrator and rose through the ranks to the position of acting senior assistant registrar (academic) at the time of his appointment.

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Gunda holds a BA in education and an MSc in sports management besides other qualifications like a certificate in sports business management.

In the press release, Fam congratulates Nyirenda for serving the association for 11 years with professionalism and dedication.

Nyirenda joined Fam as an administration officer and went on to succeed Charles Nyirenda as general secretary, a position he held for five years.

“During his tenure, Fam made excellent progress in various Fifa and Caf projects and programmes earning Fifa’s recognition as one of the best run football associations in the world. As Fam, we are proud that Cosafa acknowledged Mr. Nyirenda’s professionalism and dedication to duty, hence his appointment,” reads the press release.

In his reaction to the news, Gunda said he was humbled to be considered for such a challenging post.

“This is a journey that started a long time ago and it is only continuing. I have been a passionate sports administrator in various set ups. I believe that with support from various stakeholders, I will succeed in further developing football in the country,” he explained.

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