Walter Nyamilandu’s fourth term bid as the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president has hit a snag following FIFA’s new reforms on elections and terms of members of the body and the President term limits.
The World Soccer governing body had a meeting on Monday in Switzerland where the Reform Committee which was appointed by the six confederations of FIFA in August, resolved that no FIFA or any Football Association must stay in office for not more than 12 years.
“Elections and terms of members of the FIFA Council and the Presidential Term Limits-Maximum of 12 years for the FIFA President and its affiliates with an age limit of 74 years of age,” reads the reforms.
This will mean that the incumbent Fa president, who has been at the helm of Malawi’s soccer governing body for the past 12 years will not be eligible to run for a fourth term despite being nominated by six of the nine associations affiliated to FAM.
Nyamilandu had announced that he would not dare to seek for another term in office during the upcoming polls, only to change his tune weeks later, claiming that the majority of the affiliates pleaded with him to stay for another term.
Some weeks ago, FAM’s election body opened the campaign period where among other things, all the aspiring candidates vying for various seats, were nominated by the affiliates.
Surprisingly, with seven nominations out of the expected nine made, Nyamilandu received six with the other nomination given to Karonga United sponsor Willy Yabwanya Phiri.
However, with the latest FIFA reforms, it is not known as to whether the incumbent will still go ahead with the plan of standing for a fourth term or not.