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Fleetwood Haiya to let cat out of bag today

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The mist surrounding Nyasa Big Bullets Vice President Fleetwood Haiya’s candidature at the forthcoming Super League of Malawi (Sulom) elective general assembly will be cleared today during a press briefing in Blantyre.

Haiya did not respond to our questionnaire but his close ally and Nyasa Manufacturing Company Director of Finance Escort Chinula confirmed that the Bullets veep will clear the mist at one of the hotels today.

“It is true Fleet is expected to address the media tomorrow [Tuesday] morning in Blantyre, where he is going to make his position clear. He has made enough consultations. He is one of the most important people who helped transform Bullets,” Chinula said.

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If Haiya confirms his interest in contesting, he will face the incumbent Tiya Somba Banda, who has expressed interest in seeking re-election.

“I will not do the talking as others are doing; I will do the talking when the job is done. I am pretty sure everyone knows what we have achieved so far as Sulom. We also set the ground for broadcasting rights where teams, for the first time, will go home with some reasonable amount of money— something we never had before,” Banda said.

However, former Flames player Patrick Chimulambe said clubs should avoid nominating and voting for candidates depending on camps.

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“Time has come for the teams to go for credentials and candidates’ ability to do the job unlike selecting camps,” he said.

The development comes after Sulom opened the nominations process ahead of the elective general assembly slated for next month.

Sulom will elect office bearers on February 25 at a venue to be announced.

The nomination process started on Friday and will run up until February 17 2023. All the positions are up for grabs.

Incumbent Sulom Vice President Gilbert Mitawa, General Secretary Williams Banda and Treasurer Malinda Chinyama will seek re-election.

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