With a week to go before Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) goes to the polls in Salima, General Secretary Frank Chitembeya faces stiff competition from his Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) counterpart, Blackson Malamula.
Malamula confirmed that after serving Massa for the past five years, he wanted to explore other avenues of sports in the country.
“I am geared to take up this position and transfer my achievements at Massa to athletics. Massa has acquired assets like a minibus and a piece of land under my stewardship and I can do the same at AAM. I will also bring the corporate world to athletics so that we have as many sponsored competitions as possible,” Malamula said.
He explained that he will continue holding on to his position at Massa and will wait until after the AAM polls to decide on whether to relinquish it or not.
Malamula said Massa’s constitution does not bar him from holding two positions.
Chitembeya welcomed Malamula but said he does not stand a chance.
“The question is: how many people know him in athletics? I have been in the game myself since my schooldays. I have established great working relationships with people in the game at all levels. We are also relating well with our mother body IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federation] and we are likely to start getting double funding from them anytime,” Chitembeya said.
He promised to sponsor an annual national competition using his personal resources once given the mandate to continue heading the association’s secretariat.
In other positions, Godfrey Phiri is yet to get a challenger for his position of president while Northern Region Athletics Committee chairman Emmanuel Mulonya is also likely to go unopposed on the position of vice president as the incumbent, Charles Senti Banda, is vying for the post of vice general secretary where he will be challenged by Thandi Mbeya.
Ireen Luka remains unchallenged for the position of treasurer with Central Region Athletics Committee chairman John Mwathiwa jostling for the post of vice treasurer with his Southern Region counterpart, Christopher Kabwazi.
Chairpersons of the regional committees and the national coach automatically assume the positions of committee members.
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