By Draxon Maloya
Opinion poll favors Nyamilandu ahead of FAM presidential elections
As the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elective general assembly draws near, soccer pundits have given the incumbent Walter Nyamilandu more chances of retaining his seat.
Random interviews in the major cities of the country show that both qualified and quantified opinion results favour the incumbent FAM boss in the race, ahead of his vice; James Mwenda.
Some of the interviewees could not even identify who Mwenda is and his contribution towards soccer development apart from few who mentioned his name in relation to the success story of beach soccer in the country.
Coincidentally, a similar task was also carried out by one of the local radio stations in the country in its morning edition of Saturday sports programme, in which some renowned soccer pundits were also addressing the same topic.
Speaking on Times Radio, owner of Master Security Football Club, Alfred Gangata, said the real race is between Nyamilandu and his vice Mwenda.
“The real race is between those two FAM bosses; Nyamilandu and his vice James Mwenda. Honestly,one cannot say right now who can be in clear winning poll position. Let us wait and see,” Gangata said.
But taking his turn, former Malawi National Council of Sports and FAM executive committee member,Julius Mithi, gave Nyamilandu more marks than Mwenda, rating him as undoubtedly clear winner of the race.
“Despite Mwenda doing better in the development of beach soccer, Nyamilandu stands a better chance to retain his seat looking at the way he has transformed Malawi football into a real soccer institution.
” Now the country has technical development centres, and the qualifications to the 2010 Afcon finals and this just recent qualification of the 2020 Qatar World Cup group stages gives Walter an added advantage,” Mithi said.
Meanwhile, Nyamilandu is yet to come out and state his position as to whether he shall defend his seat or not.
A total of 36 delegates from various association’s affiliates will cast their votes in December to elect the FAM president and other office bearers.