After Malawi national team suffered embarrassment at Bingu National Stadium by being beaten 4 goals to nil in the hands of the vicious Pharaohs of Egypt, football fans started attacking FAM president Walter Nyamilandu saying he should resign. They carried and brandished banners and posters insulting the President and calling for his resignation.
And over the weekend, the FAM President was a no-show during a charity shield final at Bingu prompting rumors to start circulating that the FAM boss didn’t want to suffer a repeat of the embarrassment.
However, according to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka, the absence of the FAM boss was because he was in Durban where he represented the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) at the inaugural continental schools’ tournament.
He said: “The truth of the matter is that he was assigned by Cosafa to represent the bloc at the competition.
“He was ably represented by the vice-president Jabbar Alide.
“So, there was nothing that prevented him from attending the event other than that.”
Before the match, FAM said it would not tolerate displays of placards against Nyamilandu.
The elections for the FAM executive committee are due December 2023 and his potential competitors have started a smear campaign to destroy his reputation in order to have a chance of beating him at the polls.
However, Nyamilandu, who has a voice of a lion and big stature, has hit back saying he won’t act out of fear or under duress. He says he knows the people behind that and he will face them head on their political machinations aiming at destroying his reputation. Nyamilandu has been FAM president for about 15 years and appears he is much loved. He is good at football politicking to such an extent that he won FIFA executive member slot beating a South African heavyweight much to the shock of the whole world. So those plotting to oust him must think twice and perhaps stop these kindergarten tactics.