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Walter Nyamilandu, Moses Mkandawire ready for manifesto launch

LAUNCHING MANIFESTOS THIS WEEK—Nyamilandu

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu and his former deputy, Moses Mkandawire, are set to be the last presidential aspirants to launch their bids for the highest football office in the country.

Other aspirants, Balawala Vingula, James Mwenda and Alufeyo Chipanga, launched their blueprints over the last two months in preparation for the December 14 polls in Mangochi District.

Nyamilandu will unveil his roadmap towards a fifth term bid, dubbed ‘Raising the Bar’, tomorrow at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre while Mkandawire is scheduled to launch his in Mzuzu on Saturday.

Nyamilandu said he would unpack step-by-step measures aimed at bridging gaps that exist in the game.

“We need to scale up the game in order to take Malawi to its desired future in football. As the theme ‘Raising the Bar’ suggests, we should expect a series of reforms to transform Malawi football to a new level. Business-as-usual will not take us anywhere and there is no place for mediocrity for us to realise our ambition of becoming a successful football industry,” he said. Nyamilandu said through his blue print, he would bring a message of hope for a brighter future based on mindset change on new ways of running football.

“This will be achieved by introducing a new operating module that maximises productivity and optimises the performance of all players and actors in the game.

“We have worked hard over the years to lay a strong foundation for football to flourish and it is now time to provide a lasting solution for football to become a tremendous success,” he said.

Nyamilandu boasted that his manifesto was well placed to transform football for the better.

“‘Raising the Bar’ is a game changer and will separate men from boys. It relentlessly pursues excellence and success in the new era. Team Walter means serious business,” he said.

The Fifa Council Member has served three terms after ascending to the presidency in 2004.

Mkandawire’s launch comes amid reports from other sections of the soccer fraternity that he would not contest.

But the human rights activist said he was geared to contest and beat his competitors at the ballot.

Mkandawire said he would sell his manifesto to Fam affiliates by the end of the week to seek nomination.

“I took my time to ponder on the issue after some quarters had asked me to return to Fam, saying they needed my football administration experience and knowledge. The nomination period has just started and this week, I will be visiting the affiliates to seek their support.

“It is a good observation that people might think I am not serious with my candidature because I have been silent. But it is only 36 people who vote. It is not the post of a State President which requires one to go to every corner of the country to campaign. No! Campaigning is possible in just a few days and I will manage to reach out to all 36 affiliates,” Mkandawire said.

On the position of first vice president, Jabbar Alide will go head-to-head with Daud Mtanthiko while the incumbent second vice president, Othaniel Hara, will engage in a contest with Northern Region Football Association Chairperson Lameck Khonje for the position.

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