Uncertainty surrounds beach soccer polls

Alfred Gunda

Uncertainty surrounds Beach Soccer Association (BSA) polls as Football Association of Malawi (Fam) insists that the elective general assembly is still on today at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi despite being served with a court injunction.

Initially, Fam ordered the election to take place on Monday but later shifted it to today.

This forced BSA committee to obtain an injunction.


BSA treasurer Brutus Ndhlovu accused Fam secretariat of taking sides saying they did not receive official communication on the matter.

“What is happening is not good for the game. We are surprised to learn from the media that Beach Soccer Association is going to polls on Saturday [today] but we are not aware,” he said.

Ndhlovu alleged that current officials had not yet been nominated for various positions by affiliates, raising fears that this could be a staged election.


“It is very unfortunate that we are not even appearing on nomination list. This really tells you that something fishy is taking place. We can’t go there because we don’t know anything,” he said.

Fam general secretary Alfred Gunda insisted that the polls will go ahead but declined to comment further.

“Please take note the elective meeting for Beach Soccer Association is on this Saturday. We haven’t been served with an injunction and I have only seen it on social media,” he said.

Meanwhile, chairperson for BSA disgruntled affiliates, Wakisa Mwambetanya backed Fam saying the current beach soccer administration has failed in various ways including failure in submitting a financial report for the past four years.

“We want things to change. We didn’t have any election in 2018 but they just appointed each other for various positions,” he said.

BSA has five affiliates namely Karonga, Chintheche, Nkhotakota and Southern and Central Region beach soccer associations.

The new office bearers would be elected for a four year tenure following Fam’s order for the polls to be conducted within 20 days.

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