National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) has said it has no mandate to revise the men’s quota which Football Association of Malawi (Fam) imposed on administration of the ladies’ game.
A dispute is refusing to die between NWFA and some of its members on the men’s quota ahead of this weekend’s regional elections.
Some of the members wrote Fam to stop the polls, saying NWFA had violated the constitution on men’s quota.
However, NWFA Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said the election would take place as planned.
“There is no reason to stop the elections. The resolution to impose a quota on men’s participation in women’s football was made by Fam, so we cannot say anything on this. This has been our response to all concerned members,” Ngwira said.
The imposition of a quota on women’s football administration automatically puts men out of the race for top positions.
According to NWFA, delegates to the polls will nominate the candidates with men only being allowed to compete for committee member positions.
Article 38.1 of Fam statutes is silent on the composition of the women’s regional football committees but states that only the chairperson of NWFA must be a woman.
In its response to the letter from concerned members, Fam ordered NWFA to resolve the dispute with some of its affiliates.
“The Football Association of Malawi hereby clarifies that correspondence from the regional associations are to be directed to the NWFA to be addressed. With the above development, Fam refers the same to the attention of the national association within whose jurisdiction the process of the election falls. NWFA is requested to act on the received correspondence. Let all concerned parties excise patience while NWFA is looking into the issues raised,” reads part of Fam’s letter.