…its an insult to Malawians- Yabwanya, Mijiga
The incumbent Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu surprised Malawians when he confidently labelled the Malawi National Football Team (the Flames) as one of the best teams in Africa.
Speaking during a debate organised by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) for Fam’s presidential candidates at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Saturday evening, Nyamilandu said his 12-year tenure has transformed the performances of the Flames.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Malawi National Football team is no longer a punching bag. We qualified for the 2010 African Cup of Nations and we can attract teams like Algeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and many more African giants.”
“Look at the rankings, we have now managed to maintain a two digit number for quite some time. Its very unfortunate that we slipped from 97 to 107 but so far so good for the Flames,” said Nyamilandu.
But responding to the remarks, Nyamilandu’s competitors Willy Yabwanya and Wilkins Mijiga trashed the incumbent saying Malawi’s performance for the last decade has been disappointing.
“At 51, Malawi gets beaten by a newly South Sudan at Cecafa, are we progressing? Our team has performed miserably for the past decade because of poor planning so if you have failed for the past ten years, why now?” asked Yabwanya.
Mijiga echoed with Yabwanya saying it was very unfortunate to hear from Nyamilandu who instead of telling Malawians the truth, was busy lying.
The incumbent Fam president has been at the helm of the association for the past 12 years. The Flames only managed to qualify for Afcon once under his leadership.