By Draxon Maloya
Nyamilandu Nod To Affiliates Calls
The. Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has finally come out of his wrap and declared that he will seek re-election at the association’s polls in December .
Walter is expected to face other candidates including his vice James Mwenda who declared interest in his boss’ position in July, Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda and former FAM vice-president Moses Mkandawire if they get nominations.
But all the aspiring candidates will have to first get a nomination from the Football associations nine affiliates and also fulfil the association’s requirements for their names to appear on the ballot.
Announcing the decision on Times television on Tuesday evening , Nyamilandu said in a statement that he decided to contest after being approached by the affiliates.
“I have received overwhelming support and encouragement by members of the affiliates to stand again owing to the remarkable achievements that have been realised while I have been at the helm of office,
“I therefore, cannot ignore the affiliates who have shown significant trust and confidence in me as the best candidate,” Nyamilandu said.
Nyamilandu also said his in office at Fifa Council and FAM need to run simultaneously for the country to benefit in football development.
“I believe that it is now time for the entire football fraternity to reap the fruits of my appointment as a member of the Fifa Council,
“Under the circumstances, it is only logical that while I am serving as a member of the Fifa Council, my stay in office as the president of FAM should simultaneously run together so that the country can fully maximise the benefits of my membership to this supreme body.
“It is also paramount to mention that in the unlikely event of not being FAM president, it would water down the relevance of being a Fifa Council member by virtue of not having a constituency to represent. The result of which is that you lose bargaining power that would have been instrumental in influencing and shaping the development of football at all levels,” he said.
Nyamilandu also said he would like to complete unfinished businesses which are already underway as stipulated in his 2015 ‘Harvest Time’ manifesto,” Nyamilandu concluded.
Meanwhile the FAM first vice president, James Mwenda yesterday has refused to comment on his boss’ decision to seek re-election.
Commenting on one of the Whatsapp forums former Malawi national team member peterkins Beirut Kaira commended Nyamilandu for clearing the mist around his candidature saying now that he has finally come in the open, it is time for all aspiring candidates to tell the nation their agenda.
“It’s good that Walter has come in the open and declared his interest. What is expected now is that all aspiring candidates should clearly state their agenda,
” Right now it’s no longer whether one should stand or not, but what they want to contribute to the football development of the country.
Nyamilandu became the FAM president in 2004 replacing Sameer Suleman, who lost the position after failing to fulfil FAM constitutional requirement of a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) certificate.