Humphreys Mvula declares interest in Fam presidency
Former Be Forward Wanderers chairperson, Humphreys Mvula, has declared interest to run for the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presidency during this December 18 polls in Salima.
He becomes the 13th candidate to challenge incumbent Walter Nyamilandu, who is seeking a fourth successive four-year term of office.
Mvula confirmed on Wednesday that he had given in to demands by one of the affiliates to contest.
“Mine is a different situation where I have been approached by one of the affiliates to run for the presidency. It is unlike my fellow hopefuls who are only declaring their candidatures without being nominated,” said Mvula.
He was coy to reveal the identity of the affiliate that had thrown his name in the fray, saying he will do that at an appropriate time.
“However, I must stress that I will make a plain confirmation regarding my position perhaps early next month because I need to consult my family and close friends,” he said.
The former Mighty Wanderers chairperson said he is arranging meetings with the affiliates to align with their expectations.
“I know some of the affiliates already have their own candidates, but that would not deter me from approaching them to sell them the ideas I have for the beautiful game. I hope they will accommodate me,” he said.
Mvula also said before he rolls out his manifesto in September, he would meet all the stakeholders, including the corporate world and government to map the way forward on the channels that can be used for full funding of the national teams.
“Government should be rested from being the biggest sponsor of the national soccer team because we have companies that can manage that, but perhaps we haven’t exhausted the channels of approaching them,” he said.
Mvula also said he was willing to withdraw his candidature and throw his weight behind any of the other candidates that would impress him.
“I also intend to meet them one by one and share some of our views. This year, I will turn 58 and if I find one of them having sound policies like mine, I would not bother contesting, but rather support such a candidate,” he said.
Apart from Mvula, other contestants for the Fam presidency are; Allie Mwachande, Boniface Ma g a n g a , r e n own e d banker Wilkins Mijiga, legal practitioner John Gift Mwakhwawa and Silver Strikers board of trustee’s chairperson Kelvin M’mangisa.
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