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Fam under fire over women’s football quota

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Jomo Osman

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is under heavy criticism for imposing a quota on men’s allocation in the administration of women’s football in the country.

The association imposed the quota in a bid to retain influence of women in the game, with critics arguing Fam had violated its own constitution.

This comes after National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) announced last week that it will hold regional committee elections on July 18 in all the regions. But women’s football team owners are planning to pen Fam in a bid to stop the elections.

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Spokesperson for the teams, Isaac Jomo Osman said Fam had violated the constitution.

“It is a non-starter for Fam to bar men in the game. Most of the teams are sponsored by men and some of us have passion of the game. The problem is that they want to put bootlickers in the committee. But this will not happen and we will stop it,” Osman said.

Article 38.1 of Fam statute is silent on the composition of the women’s regional football committees but states that only the chairperson of women’s football association must be a woman.

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However, Fam general secretary Alfred Gunda said he could not comment as he was in a meeting yesterday. When contacted yesterday NWFA chairperson Suzgo Ngwira was reluctant to comment on the matter.

However, on Tuesday, Ngwira said delegates to the polls will be allowed to nominate female candidates to compete on other positions whose candidates have been disqualified.

One of the local football analysts Higger Mkandawire said imposing men quota on the game was discrimination.

“The playing field should be levelled. Let those men with vision to develop the game compete. Fam is discriminatory on the issue,” Mkandawire said.

In the Central Region, Arnold Kadzanja and Frank Kalilombe who were vying for the position of vice chairperson and general secretary, respectively have been disqualified. Incumbent Central Region chairperson Agnes Kuntambira will face Ivy Zimba. In the Southern Region, Lusitika Gondwe will go unopposed as chairperson.

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