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Nomads polls not automatic

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Be Forward Wanderers’ board of trustees chairperson, Rashid Gaffar, has said it is not automatic that the Nomads will hold elections before next season.

The Nomads’ camp was on fire following poor performances for the better of the TNM Super League second round, prompting calls for early elections from a section of the club’s supporters and former officials.

The supporters petitioned the trustees, claiming to have dissolved and replaced the current executive and supporters committees.

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It took the intervention of the Super League of Malawi and the trustees to restore order at Lali Lubani Road through an agreement that the current office bearers be allowed to run the show until the end of the season, then hold the elections.

But Gaffar said there are several issues that need to be considered before holding polls.

He said there was need for all stakeholders to refer to the club’s constitution and establish what it says about office bearers’ tenure of office.

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“I am not taking any sides on the matter, but we have a constitution that must be respected at all times. We have so much to lose if we do not respect our own constitution. Let sanity prevail. Squabbles will not take us anywhere,” Gaffar said.

Gaffar then disclosed that he would call for a stakeholders’ meeting next month.

“What will happen to our sponsor if we continue fighting? Would it be in the interest of any sponsor to continue relating with a club that is at war? All these squabbles must end now for the sake of progress,” Gaffar said.

He hailed the current chairperson, George Chamangwana, for using his personal resources to keep the team going when it had no sponsorship.

“My personal conviction is that the club has not been that bad as some would want us to believe. We won one cup, reached the final of another and ended the Super League on position four. That is not bad for me,” he emphasised.

Chamangwana said his executive committee will respect any decision from the trustees.

“If I say anything, I may end up contradicting myself and the board. So, I choose to remain silent on the matter. The board will give us direction and we will go by what they say,” Chamangwana insisted.

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