Harry Kaumphawi is the new Central Region Pool Committee (CRPC) chairperson after beating his predecessor Franco Banda during elections held on Saturday in Lilongwe.
Kaumphawi, who sponsors Zees pool club, amassed 38 votes against Banda’s 12 while Nerd Selemani came third with six votes.
Out of six members who were seeking re-election, only Brutus Ndhlovu retained his position of tournament director.
Susan Mphande was elected vice-president while the position of general secretary went to Grey Angozo Chisanje. Sheriff Khimisi was elected vice-general secretary.
Rochester Nyirenda was ushered in as the new treasurer whereas FIB player Maggie Phiri was elected ladies’ representative.
Malawi Pool Association (Mapa) general secretary Saulos Thindwa, who presided over the elections, described them as free and fair.
He appealed to the new committee to work with the outgoing members.
“You don’t need to abandon whatever plans they put in place. Adopt the plans and continue where they stopped for the betterment of the sport,” said Thindwa.
In his acceptance speech, Kaumphawi extended an olive branch to the old committee.
“We need to work together as one family and we will need your support. My first task will be to reach out to the corporate world for sponsorship.
“We need companies to come forward and sponsor the game like other sporting disciplines,” he said.
Andrew Kumwenda, who plays for Queens Park, hailed the coming in of the new committee, saying it has the potential to take the game to another level. n