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Sports Council, Fam make truce

Austin Ajawa

George Kaudza Masina

Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has swallowed its pride by confirming mandate of the regional Football Associations.

This follows a meeting between Sports Council board and Football Association of Malawi (Fam) held on Thursday in Blantyre.

The meeting was to discuss the misunderstanding between the two institutions regarding the regional FAs polls held recently.

In a statement, signed by Sports Council Acting Executive Secretary Henry Mereka and Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda, the meeting agreed to give mandate to the regional football associations.

“The meeting noted and appreciated the role of Fam in the process and in the outcome over the elections in all the regions. The meeting further observed that there was a lapse in observing protocols in communication that exist in the structures and therefore resolved that procedures and best practices be promoted at all times for the maintenance of order and good governance,” reads part of the statement.

Before the elections were held, Sports Council ordered the association not to proceed with the polls until all concerns were addressed. However, Fam went ahead with the polls in all the three regions claiming the Council has no mandate to interfere in the affairs of its member associations.

Sports analyst, George Kaudza-Masina said the Council has shown maturity.

“Sports Council has demonstrated that it knows how to resolve conflict. This should be a lesson to Fam,” he added.

Majority of the people in all the regions retained their positions unopposed.

Central Region Football Association (CRFA) Chairperson Austin Ajawa retained his seat unopposed just like his Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) counterpart Lameck Khonje.

Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) chairperson Raphael Humba also retained his position unopposed.

In interview yesterday, Humba insisted the Council had no mandate to stop the polls.

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