Walter Nyamilandu for Caf seat
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu has thrown his hat into the ring for a Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee member position for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) zone.
Nyamilandu has raised his hand for consideration by delegates to the Caf elections scheduled for Cotonou, Benin, on July 13.
The Fam boss is set to compete against Lesotho Football Association president Mokhosi Mohapi and Mohamad Sobha who heads Mauritius Football Association.
Nyamilandu said he is ready for the contest.
“It is tough but I am ready for the challenge,’’ he said in a brief confirmation.
It is not clear if Nyamilandu’s contesting for the continental position will mean that he will not seek re-election during Fam elections later this year.
The former Fifa Council member is currently a Cosafa executive committee member.
Contesting for a West Africa Football Union (Wafu) B zone seat will be Burkina Faso Football Federation president Lazare Bansse and his Togolese Football Federation counterpart Gbezonde Akpovy.
It will be a different story for Senegalese Football Federation boss Augustin Senghor who is set to sail through unchallenged, representing Wafu A zone.
Gabonese Football Federation president Pierre Mougnguengui is also set to win the seat unopposed in the Uniffac zone contest.
In the Cecafa zone, Sudan Football Federation president Mutasim Sirelkhatim and Moses Magogo who leads Federation of Uganda Football Association are set to battle it out.
The Unaf zone will have Algerian Football Federation president Zefizef Abledwahap and his Libyan Football Federation counterpart Abdulhakim Alshelmani.
Sports analyst George Kaudza Masina advised Nyamilandu to play his cards well.
’’Nyamilandu has garnered vast experience over the years and has good connections in the game. Therefore, his chances of success are wide open.
“It also has to be appreciated that he is a tried-and-tested candidate who has delivered at various levels. Therefore, he stands a good chance to win,’’ Kaudza Masina said.
Nyamilandu rose to the position of Fifa Council member after defeating South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan in 2018.
However, he lost the seat to Nigerian Amaju Pinnick during Caf elections held in Rabat, Morocco, in 2021.
Then, Nyamilandu got eight votes against Pinnick’s 43.