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Walter flows at Cosafa

Nyamilandu retains seat

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu has said it was his ultimate mission to retain the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) ordinary executive committee member post.

The Cosafa Elective General Assembly took place in Windhoek, Namibia, on Saturday.

Nyamilandu said the position would help Fam be among policy-makers of the sport in the region.

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“We couldn’t afford to lose such position of influence within the region. It is always good to be in the driving seat so we can play an active role in shaping the future of our beautiful game.

“Our voice on such matters is very crucial. I appreciate the trust and confidence that the members of Cosafa have in my leadership,” said the former Fifa Council member.

Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina, who is also Silver Strikers Board Member but making an independent opinion, said the development, was good for Nyamilandu’s profile.

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“Malawi or any other member country doesn’t have any advantage over Cosafa for their being in the executive committee. Unlike Fifa, which has its own politics, Cosafa is very conservative in that it treats all its members the same.

“The position is important to Nyamilandu as an individual for his profile in football administration. Otherwise, it just makes us, Malawians, proud that our own, in Nyamilandu, is part of decision making at the highest level in the region under the auspices of Cosafa,” said the former Fam acting general secretary.

During the meeting, Angolan Football Federation President Artur de Almeida was elected Cosafa President unopposed replacing Dr Philip Chiyangwa from Zimbabwe, who did not seek re-election after he announced his retirement from football administration last year.

Comoros Football Federation President Said Ali Said Athouman was also elected Vice President unopposed.

Nyamilandu was elected executive committee member alongside Timothy Shongwe (eSwatini), Faizal Sidat (Mozambique), Brenda Kunda (Zambia) and Khiba Mohoanyane (Lesotho).

The new Cosafa President [Artur de Almeida] hailed the member associations for showing trust and confidence in him.

“I am confident the future of Cosafa is full of potential and I am excited to hit the ground running and grow the organisation in the coming years so that it may continue to serve football in our Southern African region to the benefit of all member associations,” he told Cosafa website.

Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Patrice Motsepe attended the meeting and urged member associations to work closely with their respective governments to grow the game.

“You can’t separate football from economic growth of our countries. I am confident for the future. In every country, we must make sure we get more funding and financing. Where government works together with our football leaders, we make progress. We will never be able to develop the potential of football without financial backing,’’ Motsepe said.

According to Cosafa, a total of 13 associations attended the meeting and threw their support behind Fifa President Gianni Infantino in his re-election bid next year.

Only Zimbabwe did not attend the meeting due to Fifa sanctions.

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