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Secrecy surrounds CRFA polls

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A veil of secrecy surrounds the list of candidates who have been nominated to contest for various positions during Central Region Football Association (CRFA) elections on November 14.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) is yet to announce names of candidates that CRFA’s nine affiliates had nominated by Tuesday.

In sharp contrast, candidates that Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) affiliates had nominated were known by Monday.

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Former Fam vice president, James Mwenda, had given indications that he would contest for the regional football body’s top post but it is not clear if any affiliate has nominated him.

Fam executive committee member Rashid Ntelera, who was assigned to receive the nominations papers from CRFA affiliates, said he was not responsible for releasing names of nominated candidates.

Ntelera said he only received the nominations and sent them to Fam headquarters in Blantyre.

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“The process of receiving nomination papers went on well. I sealed all envelopes and sent them to Blantyre. Our general secretary [Alfred Gunda] will take it up from there. So it is not up to me to release the list of nominated candidates,” Ntelera said.

Gunda confirmed arrival of the nomination papers but said the list would be released later today.

“We will come up with formal communication on the matter by Friday [today], so let us wait,” Gunda said.

Sources indicate that some CRFA affiliates were told not to nominate Mwenda so that he does not challenge Chairperson Austin Ajawa.

Kasungu Districts Football Committee Chairperson, Welos Kazonde, said they were not ready to reveal names of the candidates they had nominated.

“It is Fam that is responsible for that. Let us wait and see what will come from Fam,” Kazonde said.

His Nkhotakota counterpart, Amoni Lunda, also declined to reveal their nominations.

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