BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As a brawl between the newly appointed Minister of Sports Ulemu Msungama and Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu rages on, some ex-Flames players have joined Msungama with a call for resignation of the FAM boss.
In what can be described as a sponsored attack, the former Malawi national team stars think Nyamilandu has to step aside for the good of the game.
Msungama, during his familiarisation tour at Fam offices in Blantyre fiercely attacked Nyamilandu for associating with the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
However, Nyamilandu said FAM works with the government of the day as it is also funded by the government pulse.
But according to former Flames midfielder Chancy Gondwe and full-back Ojukwu Malunga, Malawi’s football will suffer following a strained relationship between Msungama and Nyamilandu, hence calling for resignation of latter.
“I know Nyamilandu was duly elected and it is the affiliates that can decide his fate. However, for the good of the game I urge the Fam president to consider resigning because it seems the new government is not pleased with what he did. If Nyamilandu still stays at the helm of leadership then we will likely have problems including funding issues,” said the former Bata Bullets (now Nyasa Big Bullets and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder) as quoted in the Daily Times.
Malunga said Fam’s office requires neutral leaders because they serve affiliates with different political backgrounds.
“I am among those people asking for the Fam president to resign. It will be difficult for him to administer football without government’s backing.
“There are several pointers that Nyamilandu is politically compromised. Maybe if he had asked for forgiveness for his previous actions it would have made sense,” he said.
Nyamilandu said it was time to move on.
“I will not make any further comments on this matter. Let us move on. Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said.
Nyamilandu was re-elected Fam president after defeating the association’s former first vice president James Mwenda by 23-13 votes during polls on December 14 in Mangochi.
Meanwhile, former Fam acting general secretary, George Kaudza-Masina, said calling for the resignation of Fam president by some of the ex-Flames players was misplaced.
“Fam as an association is bigger than Nyamilandu as such there is no way government can attach its funding on a personality.
“Government funding of football is for the benefit of Malawians at large and the fear being put forward by the ex- Flames players does not hold water,” he said.
Masina said it was only Fam affiliates mandated to coordinate Nyamilandu’s exit at the association.
“It has to be noted that Nyamilandu’s exit at the FA can only be orchestrated by the affiliates and nobody else unless we are ready for Fifa’s whipping,” he said.
Writing on his Facebook wall Idriss Ali Nassah said “it is not for the Minister of Sports to move to remove Walter. We should not act as if we are — to borrow a famous phrase — in the Republic of Yada Yada, where politicians are deluded into thinking they have powers to hire and fire at whim. Walter Nyamilandu has got to go, but do it the smart way.”
To which Tawina Tembo responded: “The affiliates must move on him by calling for an EGM to call for his ouster for bringing politics into the game.“
While William Mpasu’s comment was: “From the comments, it would appear, if Walter had supported Tonse then he would be OK. In my view, l think he should only go if, as Idriss Ali Nassah says, he hasn’t delivered on the promise.
“Staying at the helm for long is not the problem but not delivering and or using undemocratic means. FYI Chakwera was president of Assemblies of God for 24 years yet he’s said to have grown the congregation etc exponentially.”