FAM President Walter Nyamilandu who faces five other Anglophone opponents in his quest to defend the position, is set to seek a full four year mandate as FIFA Council member after passing the FIFA eligibility and integrity test ahead of the March 12, 2021 vote in Morocco.
FIFA’s Chairman of the Reviews Committee Mukul Mudgal confirmed the development through a letter addressed to Nyamilandu dated 26 January 2021.
Mudgal said: “We kindly inform you that the Review Committee has declared you eligible for the position of member of the FIFA Council.”
The Malawi FA Chief told www.swammw.com that FIFA’s eligibility and Integrity test affirmative outcome regarding his candidature is a vote of approval in respect of his integrity.
He said: “This gives a lot of confidence and credibility to my supporters and personally as a leader, to remain focused and undaunted with the mammoth task that lies ahead.
We will seize the momentum by intensifying the campaign to defend the position of FIFA Council that I am currently holding for the Anglophone speaking countries in Africa.”
FIFA has since cleared Nyamilandu from a litany of allegations some individuals and groups back home leveled against him at the World’s football governing body, in an attempt to block his candidature.
He now faces at least five candidates in his quest to defend the Anglophone seat as a FIFA Council Member.
In September 2018, Nyamilandu became the first Malawian to secure a seat in the main decision making body of the world’s football governing body whose members are drawn from each of FIFA’s regional confederations.
He resoundingly defeated South African Football Federation President Danny Jordan by 35 votes to 18 after two rounds of voting, at a special sitting of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive Committee in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Nyamilandu is currently completing the term of Kwesi Nyantakyi, who announced his resignation as a FIFA Council Member in the wake of revelations that he received a bribe of $65, 000 from a suspected businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian elite league.
At the time, Reuters reported that Nyantakyi was later suspended by FIFA from his position. “He eventually resigned as GFA President and apologized for what he called his indiscretion,” it added.