FIFA Council position is a privileged position and I am humbled to have represented Africa and my country over the last two and a half years, FAM President Walter Nyamilandu says.
Nyamilandu surrendered the FIFA Council Anglophone seat to Nigeria’s NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick following CAF elections that took place on March 12, 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.
The outgoing FIFA Council Member got eight votes against his successor and former CAF First Vice President Pinnick, who amassed 43 votes in a two horse race after sever other candidates withdrew from the contest.
I gave it my best shot but I was up against a powerful force and it was clear that the odds were stuck against me as events unfolded, Nyamilandu said in a brief statement conceding defeat.
He said: “Withdrawing was never an option for me because I am a fighter and not a quitter.
“I take pride knowing that I was the best candidate with the best profile but the circumstances were beyond my control.
I believe that when one door closes, another one opens hence the sky remains the limit for me.”
Nyamilandu then described his two and a half years presence in the world’s football decision making body as a wonderful opportunity.
“It was a great honour to represent Africa and my country.
“I have learnt a great deal and the memories of my time with FIFA will remain forever in my life.
“Once again, I say thank you to FIFA.
Prior to the elections in Morocco, the FAM president told the South African press that he believes that throughout his tenure, he ably influenced and shaped some of the decisions that were taken by FIFA.
“I believe I was a very good team player, because when I went there, FIFA had a vision and it is how that vision was executed.
“And it needed members that were level headed, members that were sober and knowledgeable about the game to ensure that FIFA does not depart from its course.
So pretty match it had been an exciting short momentous journey from me,” he said.
In 2019, Nyamilandu defied all odds when he replaced disgraced ex-Ghana FA Chief Kwesi Nyantakyi as FIFA Council Member following a resounding triumph over SAFA President Dr. Danny Jordan and became the first Malawian to occupy a seat in the World’s football decision making body.