Little progress on FAM polls preps

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) electoral committee says it is yet to meet ahead of the association’s elective general assembly set for this December.

In an interview on Wednesday, the committee’s chairperson Justice Sylvester Kalembera said as a committee, they have on several occasions made efforts to have a meeting, but FAM secretariat has not been forthcoming

“I cannot say how far we have gone with the preparations for the elections because we have never met before as a committee.

“It seems there are problems at the FAM secretariat because whenever I ask for a meeting through the FAM general secretary, it does not work,” he said.

Nevertheless, Kalembera said they have collected FAM statutes which detail the association’s electoral code.

”The good thing is that we have the statutes that are critical in managing the elections,” he added.

When contacted, FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda could not provide information, saying he was “busy with meetings”.

Soccer analyst George Kaudza Masina has advised the electoral committee to refrain from relying too much on FAM on its operations  if it is to act independently.

“The ideal officers they [electoral committee] should be consulting now are those from Malawi National Council of Sports [MNCS],” he said.

current FAM head: Nyamilandu

The specific date and venue for the elections are yet to be known. The previous elections took place at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.

So far, incumbent vice-president James Mwenda, immediate-past vice-president Moses Mkandawire and Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda have declared interest to contest for presidency while sitting president Walter Nyamilandu is yet to declare his position.

Current executive members Daud Mtanthiko and Jabbar Alide have shown interest to contest for first vice-presidency while sitting second vice-president Othaniel Hara and Northern Region Football Association chairperson Lameck Khonje want to vie for second veep seat.

Be Forward Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire and Fellistas Dossi are among those that have shown interest to contest for executive membership.