Walter Nyamilandu got a heroes welcome as he landed at the Chileka International Airport following his election as Malawis first ever FIFA Council member.
He replaces Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi, who resigned from the position after being implicated in an undercover documentary taking a prohibited cash gift of $65,000 from a supposed businessman.
During the CAF Extraordinary Assembly held at the Egypt Hall, Savoy Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt recently, Nyamilandu received 35 votes against COSAFA backed candidate Daniel Alexander Jordaan’s 18.
This was after none of the top three contenders Walter Nyamilandu, Danny Jordan and Leodegar Tenga who got 23, 17 and 14 votes respectively failed to garner majority votes in the first round of the poll.
Immediately, after disembarking from the plane Nyamilandu told SWAM 365 that he is happy that Africa’s Anglophone region has claimed the FIFA seat through his election.
“I am happy that God has done it for Malawi by elevating me to this crucial post within the FIFA governing body.
“It’s an honour to me, the country’s football fraternity and the entire Africa’s Anglophone region and i pledge to serve not my interests but rather those of promoting the game in the region”.
And finally let me also take this opportunity to state it here that am not bitter that COSAFA whose favorite candidate Daniel Jordan i defeated did not support my candidature”, said Nyamilandu.
In the buildup to the vote, speculation grew that he gained support across Africa member countries, reportedly with the backing of CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.
The Fifa Council consists of 37 members: one President, elected by the FIFA Congress, 8 Vice Presidents, and 28 other members elected by the member associations, each for a term of four years.
A minimum of one female representative must be elected per confederation. The President and the members of the Council may serve for no more than three terms of office (whether consecutive or not).
Immediately, after disembarking from the plane Nyamilandu told SWAM 365 that he is happy that Africa’s Anglophone region had claimed the FIFA seat through his election.
Meanwhile, Nyamilandu has dared the Flames to draw encouragement from his victory and overcome the Lions of Cameroon in next weeks 2019 Afcon qualifiers against Cameroon.