By Peter Fote:
Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) has stuck to its earlier decision by nominating Football Association of Malawi (Fam) First Vice President, James Mwenda for the post of president.
Mwenda has become the first presidential candidate to earn a nomination seven days after Fam opened the nomination window.
NRFA General Secretary, Masiya Nyasulu, said it was a no brainer to settle for Mwenda over the incumbent Walter Nyamilandu.
“We have settled for James Mwenda as our preferred presidential candidate. It was an easy decision to make after series of meetings,” he said.
Nyasulu said Mwenda’s manifesto dubbed ‘The Four Pillars’ has solutions to address Malawi’s ailing football standards.
“It is now time to try new blood over experience. You will agree with me that in the past 15 years under Nyamilandu, Malawi’s football has drastically gone down. The appointment of national team coaches leaves a lot to be desired whereas the centre and north lacks infrastructure development. James [Mwenda] is a man who consult others before making a decision,” he said.
NRFA has also picked Fam executive member, Daud Mtanthiko over lawyer Jabbar Alide as First Vice President whereas Lameck Khonje has been nominated for the post of Second Vice President, over Othaniel Hara.
Felister Dossi has also earned NRFA’s nomination.
As we went to press Thursday, Beach Soccer Association Chairperson, Kondwani Gondwe, also confirmed that the committee had nominated Mwenda for the presidential seat with Mtanthiko and Khonje as First Vice and Second Vice respectively.
“We should be sending our nomination before the end of the day,” he said Thursday.
Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the association’s electoral board would unveil the nominations once the process closes on November 14.
“As it is I can’t say which associations have submitted or not,” he said.
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