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Sports Council firm on regional polls

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Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has said its position on regional football elections remains the same.

This comes after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) went ahead to hold Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) elections in Mzuzu Sunday, which saw Lameck Khonje retaining his post as chairperson unopposed.

In reaction to the development, the council’s acting executive director Henry Mereka said a decision will be made this week.

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“We have taken note of contests and tone of the letter with regrets. The position of the council will be known after reviewing the conduct of Fam,” Mereka said.

Fam made a strong response to Sports Council order. It said it was illegal and a sign of lack of respect for the rule of law for MNCS to intervene in the affairs of Fam.

“We are startled that, in terms of the statues of the regional football associations, the statues of Fam, including the MNCS Act, the MNCS does not have any adjudicative powers over dispute within the football family,” reads part of the letter which Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda signed.

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Meanwhile, most of the contestants went unopposed in NRFA. But Mabuchi Mkandawire was elected as vice chairperson in absentia after beating Alufeyo Chipanga Banda by 23 votes to four votes.

Masiya Nyasulu also retained his post as general secretary unopposed whereas Desire Bellings was endorsed as his deputy.

Chauka Mwasinga defeated Onward Munthali with 20 votes to three votes to be elected as treasurer.

The position of fixtures secretary is still vacant after the vice general secretary also vied for the position and, according to the rules and regulations, it is prohibited to hold two positions in the association.

In his acceptance speech, Khonje said he was committed to working with stakeholders to take the game to the next level in the region.

“I will keep on consulting all delegates so that they are involved in decision making. For those who lost, I urge them to join hands so that we develop football,” he said.

On his part, Chipanga Banda accepted defeat, saying he would continue with his football initiatives to develop the game of football.

Wachisa Munkhondya, Rose Phiri, Joshua Chinguwo and Ralph Kasililika were voted as executive committee members.

Muhammad Seleman and Chimango Munthali presided over the elections and described them as free and fair. Central Region Football Association and Southern Region Football Association members are expected hold elections this week.

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