In a pivotal development, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Electoral Committee has dismissed an appeal by the incumbent president Walter Nyamilandu against the nomination of Fleetwood Haiya for the imminent FAM presidential election. The Committee cited the tardiness of Nyamilandu's appeal as the primary reason for its dismissal, thus solidifying Haiya's candidacy.
Setting the Stage for the Contest
The outcome of the FAM elections, scheduled to unfold on December 16, 2023, in Mzuzu, will have far-reaching implications for the future of Malawian football. Nyamilandu, who has served as FAM President for the past 19 years, and Haiya, considered a formidable contender, are expected to engage in a close contest. This electoral face-off has drawn the attention of many, creating a palpable air of anticipation.
Details of the Appeal
Nyamilandu, through his lawyers, Makiyi, Kanyenda and Associates, had launched an appeal against Haiya’s candidature. He argued that Haiya should be deemed ineligible for the president's race as he had not resigned from his positions as Super League of Malawi President and as a director for FCB Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club. This, according to Nyamilandu, was against the eligibility criteria as per FAM statutes.
Dismissal of the Appeal
However, the FAM appeals committee, led by Counsel James Masumbu, rejected the appeal, asserting it was time-barred. The dismissal rested on a violation of Article 12(2) of the FAM Code which stipulates a three-day window for submitting appeals with their justifications. This decision marks a significant step in the race for the presidency of the Football Association of Malawi.
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