Campaign ahead of next month’s Central Region Football Association elective Annual General Meeting has intensified in recent weeks between two rival camps being led by the incumbent Chairperson Austin Ajawa and erstwhile FAM VP James Mwenda.
When who took low profile soon after failing to unseat his former boss Walter Nyamilandu during the December 2019 presidential election is reportedly targeting the CRFA Chairmanship as launch pad to his comeback into active football administration.
When this publication approched Mwenda for confirmation, he did not respond to our inquiry but an impeccable source within CRFA who did not want to be named told swammw.com that the ex-FAM VP’s name is on the nomination list.
“I can comfirm that the former FAM Vice President James Mwenda is challenging the incumbent CRFA Chairperson Austin Ajawa who is seeking reelection”, said the source.
Another source familiar with the campaign for the upcoming CRFA polls told swammw.com that Ajawa has drafted in some new faces into his dream exco in case of a win.
” Ajawa has settled for former Silver Strikers Vice Chairman Goodall Chinjoka on the position of CRFA Vice Chairmanship and ex-Siilver Strikers General Secretary Mike Tembo is being earmarked for the post of Treasurer General.
This effectively means that the incumbent Chairman has sidelined his Vice Chairman Simeon Lijeje and Treasurer Pyson Likagwa”, said the source.
Lijeje is seen as a right handman within the CRFA for Mwenda after he defied the Committees protocol by openly supporting the ex-FAM VP’s candidacy at last December’s elections.
He has since confirmed his intentions to seek reelection to this publication: ” I can confirm my intentions to seek a fresh mandate in my capacity as CRFA VC and trust me, i have no pressure”.
Ajawa launches second term manifesto
Meanwhile, through his second term manifesto, Ajawa pronounced a litany of promises if returned as the central region football governing body’s boss.
In the manifesto, the CRFA Chairman touts himself as a tried and tested achiever who deserves four more years at the helm of the Association.
He claims that during this period of our term (2016 – 2020) under his leadership CRFA has registered remarkable strides league.
“Under my tutelage the league has improved Districts Governance Structures, secured Districts League Sponsorship, established good working relationship with Referees, Teams, Districts FA`s and other football stakeholders.
Additionally, during the period, the league has dominated slots of newly promoted teams to the elite league, sustained Chipiku sponsorship and produced competitive teams including 2018 Super League Champions Kamuzu Barracks as well as players”, he said.
Ajawa believes these and many other factors gives him an edge to steer the ship to continued ‘prosperity’.
“If re-elected my committee will among other things establish zonal league games, introduce premier league top 8 competition, all club players will be allowed to be on medical scheme and enhance a good working relationship with the Central Region Referees Committee.