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Fam yet to identify Beach Soccer Association polls venue

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Alfred Gunda

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to identify a venue for Beach Soccer Association’s (BSA) July 20 Elective General Assembly.

The country’s football governing body ordered the elections after it transpired that BSA has been failing to hold an Annual General Meeting since 2018.

This followed a letter by the body’s affiliates after a meeting in Mzuzu last month.

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The affiliates from Karonga, Chintheche, Salima, Lilongwe and the Southern Region Chapter complained to Fam that the current office bearers had overstayed.

The development prompted Fam to order the election whose venue is yet to be announced with less than two weeks to go.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, Wednesday asked for more time when asked about the venue and the final list of nominees for the polls.

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“We have not yet come up with the venue but I can confirm that all the five affiliates have handed in their nominations. We are now going through the vetting process,” Gunda said.

The affiliates’ spokesperson, Willy Kumilambe, confirmed that the five affiliates had indeed sent their nominations by July 7, which was the deadline.

“We have beaten the deadline and we are only waiting for the approval of names by Fam. We are ready to change leadership of the association. We want people who have the welfare of beach soccer at heart and not people who only want to hold on to positions just for the sake of it,” Kumilambe said.

He claimed that the game was lagging behind because current office bearers have not been committed to developing it.

“Affiliates will wield their power during the elections. I cannot speak for others but those of us from Southern Region Beach Soccer committee will not give the current office bearers a vote because they have not campaigned. No one came to campaign here in the South, so we cannot vote for people who have not justified why we should retain them,” Kumilambe said.

BSA General Secretary, Davis Sado, refused to comment on the matter, saying his hands were tied.

The association has on several occasions categorically stated that it will not call for elections, saying delegates to the 2018 assembly resolved to extend their tenure.

However, the affiliates deny endorsing extension of the officials’ terms of office, insisting that elections take place as they were long overdue.

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