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Fam moves Beach Soccer Association polls

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By Bernard Mhone:

Alfred Gunda

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has postponed Beach Soccer Association’s (BSA) elective assembly to Saturday at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District.

Initially, the election was supposed to be conducted on last Monday but Fam shifted the date.

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Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said Monday was not suitable because it is a working day.

“We realised that most of the association’s affiliates are preoccupied with their office duties, hence the postponement. We are now assuring all stakeholders that everything is set for the polls.

“What remains are logistical arrangements for affiliates. So we have communicated to all members that we will have the election on Saturday and other logistical arrangements will be confirmed later,” Gunda said.

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However, BSA Treasurer General Brutus Ndhlovu expressed ignorance on the matter, saying they are waiting for a response to a letter dated July 7.

“We wrote Fam asking for guidance on some of our laws. Before coming up with dates for the polls, they should first respond to our letter. They should not sweep issues we raised under the carpet. We appealed against their decision. They clearly overstepped their mandate by ordering us to hold elections.

“Fam has not communicated to us about the polls. We therefore maintain our stand that we are against their order and nothing will change because they are not interested in hearing our concerns. This is compelling us to seek justice from the courts or Malawi National Council of Sports,” Ndhlovu said.

Chairperson for BSA affiliates Wakisa Mwambetania said they penned Fam to dissolve the current executive committee, arguing that its tenure of office had expired in 2018.

“We are geared for the elections. This is what we have been looking forward to. Let those serving the beach soccer family do so after being voted for by affiliates. We do not see any need for stopping the election. We were disappointed with Monday’s failure but now we are looking forward to hearing from Fam on the arrangements,” Mwambetania said.

BSA Executive Committee argues that it was mandated by affiliates during a meeting in 2018 in Salima District to continue serving until 2022.

However, in a letter dated June 17 2020, Fam ruled that there was no elective general meeting in 2018 for the office bearers to continue holding on to their positions.

BSA has five affiliates namely Karonga, Chintheche, Nkhotakota and Southern and Central Region beach soccer associations.

On May 23, the affiliates petitioned Fam to dissolve BSA’s Executive Committee within 21 days, arguing that its tenure of office had expired.

New office bearers would be elected for a four-year tenure following Fam’s order for the polls within 20 days.

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