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Leadership row still haunt women’s football

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Dust is refusing to settle in the women’s football fraternity after team owners threatened to form a parallel structure to administer the game in protest of the regional elections held over the weekend.

Despite wide protests from the teams and some sections within the football fraternity, National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) held regional polls in all the three regions. But some of the teams have described action by NWFA as ‘total disrespect’ to the game.

Top women’s football teams such as Skippers, Ntopwa, DD Sunshine and Bangwe Super Queens are expected to meet this weekend.

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Representative of the group Thom Kazembe said there were several irregularities.

“NWFA in its letter disowned us saying we are not affiliates so we are planning to have a meeting with all the clubs so that we map the way forward,” Kazembe said.

On his part, Ntopwa owner Isaac Jomo Osman said the first option was to form another body.

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“As teams, we are not happy so we have arranged a meeting to discuss the issue. The game is for everyone not only women,” he said.

Disagreements erupted after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) imposed a quota on men administering the game. The quota restricted men from competing for top positions such as chairperson and general secretary. Fam statue states that only the chairperson of the national association must be a woman.

However, NWFA Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira reserved her comment on the matter.

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