With barely three months left to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) executive committee elections, a youthful candidate Balawala Vingula has emerged as a candidate for the presidency post.
The 29-year-old intends to challenge the current vice president, James Mwenda, Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga and Moses Mkandawire.
The incumbent president, Walter Nyamilandu Manda is yet to state his stand.
Vingula, a teacher, said in his statement that he feels he has experience in football management and would help bring change in the development of football in the country.
“I am a multi-career and a trained professional in Sport Business Management (football inclusive) from University of Pretoria in South Africa, trained professional in Primary Teacher Education from Blantyre Teacher's Training College and trained professional In Financial Accounting by PAEC/ICAM board. Over and above, I have at least five years work experience as administration and grassroots football manager with Play Soccer Malawi (Ndirande Project).
“I respect the game of football here in Malawi and I want to bring the change which is overlooked by the current leaders,” he said.
Vingula adds that he has the passion for Malawi football at heart having been a Malawi national football team supporter since childhood.
He therefore asked Malawians and affiliates to support his interest for the post.
Just last week, a group of concerned football stakeholders, led by former FAM general secretary Charles Nyirenda and former Flames star Peterkins Kayira said they are behind any candidate vying for any post, but they should come up with manifestos.
“We are supporting any candidate whose interest is to develop football but our major focus is on positions of president and vice president. We want them to come out in the open as soon as possible. We know that some are in hiding but are interested. Let them declare their interest so that affiliates choose the best,” Nyirenda said.
The association’s executive members Daud Mtanthiko and Jabbar Alide declared their interest for the vice presidency, while the incumbent second vice president Othaniel Hara will face opposition from Northern Region Football Association chairperson Lameck Khonje for the post.
Felistus Dossi, Masiya Nyasulu, Rashid Ntelera, Pikawo Ngalamila and Muhammad Selemani will battle for the executive member positions.