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Walter Nyamilandu back home, blames system

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu returned home Monday after failing to retain his Fifa Councils seat during elections that took place in Morocco on Friday.

The Fam boss lost 43-8 to Nigerian Amaju Pinnick.

Speaking on arrival at Chileka Airport in Blantyre, Nyamilandu blamed what he termed the system for his loss.

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Nyamilandu said he was not disappointed with the defeat, maintaining that he was a better candidate.

“I would like to thank all Malawians for their support. It was tough because I was being forced to withdraw but I said no. I just had to fight on. Unfortunately, I was in a losing camp. But I accept defeat. Life must go on,” Nyamilandu said.

Nyamilandu said his efforts will help open the way for other Malawians to vie for Fifa positions in the near future.

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“I have done my part and I cannot say whether I will contest for the Fifa position again. All I want now is to concentrate on my Raising the Bar manifesto at Fam. I cannot talk about what will happen in the next four years. I also want Malawi to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. I will work hard to fulfil what I promised in developing football,” Nyamilandu said.

Nyamilandu further said he would support newly elected Confederation of African Football President Patrice Motsepe in developing football across Africa.

“Mr Motsepe owns Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and has some businesses here in Malawi. I believe he will help in commercialising our clubs with his expertise,” he said.

Nyamilandu served as a Fifa Council Member for two-and-a-half years.

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