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Four Malawians in Cosafa sub-committees

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George Kaudza Masina

Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has appointed four Malawian football administrators to its sub-committees.

The administrators are Football Association of Malawi (Fam) first vice president Jabbar Alide who is also chairperson of the association’s Competitions and Marketing committee, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) president Tiya Somba Banda, Sulom executive committee member Charles Manyungwa and legal practitioner Wanangwa Kalua.

Alide is in Cosafa’s competitions committee whereas Somba Banda has made it into the finance committee.

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Manyungwa has been entrusted with membership of the regional football governing body’s technical development sub-committee while Kalua is in the appeals committee.

Local football analyst and former Fam general secretary, George Kaudza Masina, described the appointments as good for football development in the country.

“This is a good development for our football although some of the appointments have been misplaced. These committees require special skills,” Kaudza Masina said.

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Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said he was excited with the development.

“The appointment of the four into Cosafa’s subcommittees is an indication of the confidence that the regional body has in us. We hope that the appointed officials will use the experience and knowledge they will get from working with Cosafa in developing the game in Malawi,” Gunda said.

Cosafa’s technical development sub-committee is responsible for coaches’ qualifications and other aspects of developing the game in the region whereas the competitions committee plans and manages all competitions that the regional football governing body organises.

Somba Banda said he was looking forward to gaining international football administration experience through serving Cosafa.

“It is an honour to be asked to serve the game from the millions of capable individuals in Cosafa’s 14 member countries. I take this responsibility with great honour and humility. The international experience and exposure that I will gain from working Cosafa will be of much value to Malawi football,” Somba Banda said.

Former Fam first vice president James Mwenda, who also served in the competitions committee, said the four will learn a lot from working with Cosafa.

“I had a nice time working in various committees of Cosafa and I believe I contributed a lot to the game in the region. There is a lot that is expected from each member and the four should do their best to prove that they are capable and trustworthy. At that level, contributions from each member are vital if they are to prove their worth,” Mwenda, who also served as Caf match commissioner from 2016 to 2019, said.

The future of Cosafa competitions this year remains uncertain due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has compelled all member countries to suspend action in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

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