In a dramatic move ahead of Football Association of Malawi (Fam) polls, renowned banker Wilkins Mijiga and well-known lawyer John Gift Mwakhwawa have joined the race and will challenge the incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu.
The two join Allie Mwachande, Owen Chomanika, Kelvin Mmangisa and Boniface Maganga who have already indicated their aspirations to contest for the Fam hot seat.
Both Mijiga and Mwakhwawa confirmed the development, saying time had come for the soccer fraternity to embrace change, therefore, it was necessary to challenge Nyamilandu.
Mijiga said he was no stranger to football having assisted Nyamilandu set up the Fam Cup which later changed to Standard Bank Knockout Cup after the bank took over funding of the competition.
“I have something to offer to the soccer fraternity. I was among the first people that Walter called as college mate to help him set up the Fam Cup,” he said.
On his part, Mwakhwawa, said he has been involved in football in the background before.
“I was the chairperson of the disciplinary committee when we fired the late Burkhard Ziese. So, I have been working in the background. I am just fed up that a country of around 15 million people should only have one person managing football for more than three terms.
“If he had achieved what he wanted, he would have stepped down. By clinging to power it just shows that he is yet to achieve what he wanted,” he said.
Both Mijiga and Mwakhwawa were confident that they would get nominated to be eligible to contest.
Nyamilandu has reportedly bowed down to pressure from Fam affiliates to vie for a fourth term