FAM has ordered its affiliate Beach Soccer Association (BSA) to hold elections within 21 days, having established that the mandate of the current executive committee (ex-co) expired.
The resolution was made during a Football Association of Malawi (FAM) ex-co meeting held on May 30.
Part of a letter to BSA, signed by FAM general secretary (GS) Alfred Gunda, which Weekend Nation, partly reads: “ [FAM ex-co] at its meeting held on 30th May 2020 learnt with concern the developments relating to the matter of leadership mandate for the Beach Soccer Association.
“FAM, having scrutinised the information at its disposal, observed that there is a statutory requirement to renew the mandate of the Beach Soccer Association leadership. It is in view of this that FAM hereby orders that elections be held within 21 days from the date of this letter [June 4 2020].”
FAM further states that in its capacity as regulator according to Article 4 of the BSA Constitution, has resolved to return the operations and management of the BSA activities until the election is held and office bearers assume office in line with the statutes.
The letter further reads that: “The mandate and assets of Beach Soccer should therefore revert to the custody of FAM and this includes depositing any funds for programs into FAM bank account. This is expected to be done within seven days from the date of this letter.
“FAM will initiate and take charge of the electoral process as is the case with member associations and will make a call for the start of the same.”
Reacting to the order BSA GS Davies Saddo said: “We have seen the letter [from FAM]. We would like to say that any decision which is good for the game is welcome and we will go by what FAM has said..
“We have done out part and are very proud of what we have achieved during our tenure in various areas. However, let me clarify that in 2018, we had an AGM [annual general meeting] where an endorsement was made that the current executive should continue for another four years.”
On May 23 BSA affiliates, through a petition, demanded the dissolution of the ex-co within seven days on the basis that its tenure of office expired two years ago.
Spokesperson of the affiliates Wakisa Mwambetania said they were happy that FAM had acted on their concern.
“As affiliates we will now start preparing for the AGM to usher in a new executive committee,” he said.