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Walter Nyamilandu intensifies Fifa re-election campaign

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SEEKING RE-ELECTION—Nyamilandu

In a bid to firm up his relations with Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) members, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu shared his vision with members during an annual general meeting (AGM) held in South Africa on Sunday.

Nyamilandu, who was voted into the Fifa Council in 2018 after defeating South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan after a re-run, is seeking re-election for the position of Fifa Council member ahead of the polls scheduled for March 12 in Morocco.

All the Fifa Council member aspirants were given a chance to make a presentation for five minutes during the Cosafa AGM. Fifa President Gianni Infantino also attended the meeting.

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However, Cosafa played it smart by desisting from endorsing any candidate for the five seats of the 37-member Council ahead of the polls.

Nyamilandu said he took his campaign to Cosafa because he believes that there are compelling reasons for him to retain his position.

“I have successfully executed my duties as Fifa Council member and I deserve a full term of office,” he said.

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Nyamilandu faces competition from Football Association of Zambia President Andrew Kamanga.

The Fifa review committee cleared both Nyamilandu and Kamanga to contest for the position of Fifa Council member.

Though always under pressure from the local football fraternity due to the Flames’ poor run of form, Nyamilandu made history when he became the first Malawian to win a seat at the world football governing body.

In 2018, Nyamilandu defeated Jordaan by 35 votes against 18 during an election that took place in Egypt.

There will also be elections for Confederation of African Football (Caf) posts where, among other people, Maclean Letswiti of Botswana is contesting for one of Cosafa’s two seats in the body’s executive alongside Angola’s Artur Almeida.

Faizal Sidat from Mozambique is also eyeing the same post whereas Madagascar’s Patricia Rajeriarison is eyeing a women’s seat on the continental football governing body alongside a Kanizat from Comoros Islands.

Meanwhile, Cosafa has endorsed South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe for next month’s Caf presidential elections.

According to a statement from Cosafa, all the 14 Cosafa members, including Fam, have pledged their unequivocal support to Motsepe, who is the owner of South African Premier Soccer League giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

Cosafa President Phillip Chiyangwa said the South African billionaire has the full support of all affiliates.

“Dr Motsepe is our candidate and we endorse him fully. We believe he has the right mix of business acumen and connections in the corporate world to lead Caf through what will be a difficult period in the coming years.

“The name of Motsepe is synonymous with good governance and integrity. He is the perfect candidate to meet the challenges football on our continent faces,” Chiyangwa said.

Motsepe is contesting against Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast, Senegal’s Augustin Senhor and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya for the Caf presidency.

In a bid to drum up support, Motsepe also travelled to the Fifa World Club championship in Doha, Qatar, where African football association presidents had travelled to under the auspices of Fifa.

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