Three of the FAM presidential aspirants Alufeyo Chipanga, Moses Mkandawire and Balawala Vingula have missed the train after failing to get nominations for the December 14 elections.
As we went to press hours before the close of the process, only the incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu and first vice-president James Mwenda, had been nominated.
Nyamilandu dominated the nominations after getting the nod of Southern Region Football Associations, National Football Coaches Association, National Referees Association and National Women’s Football Association.
Mwenda, on the other hand, got two nominations from Beach Soccer Association and Northern Region Football Association.
But the aspirants that have missed the nominations downplayed the situation.
“I expected that some of the affiliates would nominate me by now but I am not worried,” Chipanga said.
“However, it is sad that the affiliates have decided to favour candidates that have money instead of going for aspirants that have the wisdom and capability to take football standards to greater heights.”
Vingula said he respects the affiliates’ decision as he did his part to convince them.
“I have done my part to convince the affiliates with my ideas, but they did not reciprocate; they have chosen presidential candidates based on other factors rather than manifestos. All the same, life must go on as there is next time,” he said.
Vingula said he was happy that he has managed to expose his potential as a youth with the guts to help improve Malawi football standards.
On his part, Mkandawire blamed his late expression of interest for the presidency.
He also faulted the FAM electoral system for being “discriminatory” and said he hopes there will be reforms “so that the laws should be able to serve the nation better”.
The former FAM first vice-president said: “We have a problem with the way we designed our electoral laws as they restrict the nomination and voting process to a few number of people. Nevertheless, I have to respect the outcome and I am ready to work with whoever wins.”