Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu has heaved a sigh of relief after passing Fifa Eligibility test.
“I am delighted to have passed the Fifa eligibility test which is a vote of approval with regard to integrity. This gives a lot of confidence and credibility to my supporters as a leader to remain focussed and undaunted with the mammoth task that lies ahead,” he said.
Following the development, Nyamilandu has disclosed plans to seek re-election as Fifa Council member.
“We will seize the momentum by intensifying the campaign to defend the position of Fifa Council member that I am currently holding for the Anglophone speaking countries in Africa,” he said.
In a letter from Fifa’s Chairman of the Review Committee Mukul Mudgal, Nyamilandu has been cleared to hold and contest for the post as a Fifa member.
“We refer to our correspondence dated 18 November 2020 regarding the subject matter. In this regard, we kindly inform you that the Review Committee has declared you eligible for position of member of the Fifa Council,” Mudgal states.
Nyamilandu was elected to the Fifa Council at a special sitting of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Executive Committee in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in September 2018.
The former Flames and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers defender defeated South African Football Association (FA) president Danny Jordaan by 35 votes to 18 after two rounds of voting.
The pair had been in a three-way vote along with former Tanzania Football Federation president Leodgar Tenga, who dropped out in the first round.
Nick Mwendwa, the president of Kenya’s Football Federation and Elvis Chetty, president of the Seychelles FA, both withdrew from the election before the first round.
The Fifa Council is the main decision-making arm of world football’s governing body, with members drawn from each of the sport’s regional confederations.
The Caf position on the Fifa Council became open following the resignation of former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi who was filmed by an investigative journalist appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman.