Nyamilandu unveils manifesto, FAM to relinquish gate-collection share


Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president, Walter Nyamilandu has unveiled his manifesto with key points focusing on developing football in the country.

Nyamilandu is one of the key candidates eyeing the presidency post which he has held for about 15 years.

Speaking during the unveiling ceremony at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre on Thursday, Nyamilandu hinted at support for the women and youth football saying he plans to relinquish the 10-percent share from games that will be channeled to the initiative.

“FAM gets support from FIFA. Time has come for us to relinquish gate-collection taking. But this will only happen with a condition that individual teams must have youth and women development teams so that the money meant for our share should be channeled to such initiatives,” he said.

Apart from the gate-share, the president said he will brand new national team with systematic styles of play and strong nursery youth teams.

“We will have stable administration without political upheaval or turmoil. Our football has been administered in very robust and professional manner with due respect to its statutes. This has made it difficult for politics to creep in and derail our efforts,” he said.

Nyamilandu has been at the helm of the country’s football governing body for over 15 years.

When asked on his failure to achieve some of the things that he promised in his “Harvest time” manifesto in 2015 and how he will implement the new plans he said: “There is a gap which I admit, but we managed to achieve most of the things that we promised. It is that gap that I want to close based on my experience and that is why I want to continue as FAM president so that I can finish those plans,”

National Women Football Association (NWFA) president Suzgo Ngwira commended the manifesto for including the women football development especially on the women teams by clubs in the league.

“This is what we have been pushing all along. In England big teams like Arsenal do have women sides, why not here? We want those Super League teams to have the women teams,” she said.

Nyamilandu presents a copy of the manifesto to Ngwira- photo by Benjamin Maona

The event was graced by deputy minister of defense Chipiliro Mpinganiira, former Malawi National Council of Sports chairperson James Chuma and other delegates.

FAM member affiliates from the National Coaches Association (NCA), NWFA, National Youth Football Association (NYFA), Super League of Malawi (Sulom), Regional football associations from the Northern, Central and Southern and National Referees Association were present at the launch.

Nyamilandu faces tough opposition from his vice president James Mwenda, former vice president Moses Mkandawire, Karonga United chairperson Alufeyo Chipanga Banda and youthful Balawala Vingula on the presidency post.