Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President, Walter Nyamilandu, Tuesday came out of the cocoon to declare that he would seek re-election during the association’s elective annual general meeting set for December 2019.
Last year, Nyamilandu, as was the case before previous two elections, claimed that he would not contest again only to make a U-turn.
Nyamilandu will likely face Fam first vice president, James Mwenda, Karonga United Chairperson, Alufeyo Chipanga Banda and the association’s former vice president, Moses Mkandawire, who expressed interest in vying for the seat.
Some 36 affiliates-three regional football association each with six votes, Super League of Malawi (eight votes) two each for National Beach Soccer Association, National Youth Football Association, National Referees Association and National Women’s Football Association, will vote in the Fam elections.
“I am obliged to come out in the open and declare my interest to contest for the position of the president at the forthcoming elective congress, which will be held in December 2019,” Nyamilandu says in a statement he issued Tuesday.
“As there has been some speculation on this matter, this statement should ultimately clarify my position and clear the air. My decision to seek re-election has been highly motivated by the need to respond positively to the call of the affiliates of Fam having extensively consulted with the individual members in the past few months.”
He added: “I have received overwhelming support and encouragement by members of the affiliates to stand again owing to the remarkable achievements that have been realised while I have been at the helm of office. I, therefore, cannot ignore the affiliates who have shown significant trust and confidence in me as the best candidate.”
The Fifa Council Member, who has served three terms [2004-2009, 2009-2015 and 2015-2019, is eligible to contest as Fam ratified its constitution to be in line with Fifa statutes.
The former Flames and Be Forward Wanderers defender can vie for three more terms of four years each.
Nyamilandu said time was ripe for the football fraternity to reap the fruits of his appointment as Fifa Council member.
Nyamilandu said he was compelled to seek re-election to embark on new transformational projects as well as to complete some of the unfinished milestones from “Harvest Time”.