Once again, Mighty Wanderers held peaceful elections at their clubhouse in Chichiri, Blantyre yesterday, with the race for general secretary creating a lot of hype before Mike Butao carried the day.
As expected, George Chamangwana retained his position as chairperson unopposed so too his two deputies Alex Machira and Allan Chuma. Treasurer Christopher Mada Kuyera and vice-GS Chris Kananji were also ushered in unopposed.
Butao beat his competitor, Hubert Mfune, who was vice-GS in the previous committee with 135 votes against 105. It was players’ votes that made the difference in Butao’s favour.
Mfune attributed his loss to internal politics.
“But for the good of the team, I will not say much. The electorate has spoken and I wish the new committee all the best, they are assured of my support,” he said.
The contest for vice- treasurer also created controversy as Russel flops in Danish trials
Russel Mwafulirwa’s efforts to revive his career in Europe went up in smoke after he failed to make the grade at Danish third-tier outfit Rishoj Boldklub.
Facilitator of the trials, former Flames Danish coach Kim Splidsboel, confirmed on Wednesday that Mwafulirwa would not be signed after some two weeks of trials.
“Russel did not manage to be taken on board. He was doing fine, but financially it was a problem because in 14 days it will be half season [Danish season]. Russell is now back in Sweden,” said Splidsboel.
Mwafulirwa, who had trials at Silver Strikers recently, last played competitively early 2013 at Swedish second division side IK Sleipner.
The Flames top scorer at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, on three goals, then had revived his career which stalled after he opted against staying at Swedish top club IFK Norrkoping.