Nyamilandu’s FIFA Council election to haunt Cosafa – Zim analyst
Filmmaker and Zimbabwean football Analyst Jefferson Ndhlovu has said that the election of Malawi Football federation helmsman Walter Nyamilandu to the FIFA Council at the 2018 CAF Extraordinary General Assembly in Egypt’s city of Sharm El Sheikh today will haunt Cosafa bigwigs: Philip Chiyangwa, Andrew Kamanga and others.
Nyamilandu emerged victor of the FIFA Council seat that was left vacuum after the resignation of former Ghana football Association president Kwesi Nyatakyi.
Prior to the commencement of voting, Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa and his Seychelles counterpart Elvis Chetty pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons. Three candidates, Danny Jordan of South Africa, Leodegar Tenga from Tanzania and Malawi’s Walter Nyamilandu were the remnants for a tussle.
Nyamilandu was rumoured to be CAF President Ahmad’s favourite and won the first round after amassing 23 votes, Danny Jordan in second position with 16 votes and Tenga in the bottom with 14 votes. Due to any of the men’s failure to amass majority votes, the leading candidates Nyamilandu and Jordan went for a run off and the former resoundingly won with 35 votes were as his opponent polled 18 votes.
Surprisingly, notwithstanding being a member of Cosafa that had resolved to only lobby for the candidature of Danny Jordan as a bloc, Nyamilandu did not pull out of the race.
It was rumoured that CAF President Ahmad Ahmad wanted Nyamilandu’s candidature to come out on top, as such he subverted Cosafa’s decision. Experts says Ahmad was to deliver the seat on a silver plate to the Malawian who did not even lift a finger to lobby for votes.
And Jefferson Ndhlovu says the chickens have come home to roast for Jordan – that he is paying for going against Ahmad’s decree of voting for Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. South Africa voted for the USA/Canada/Mexico bid that won the rights to host the 2026 mundial.
“This election of Walter Nyamilandu is gonna haunt Chiyangwa and Kamanga in Corridors,” he said.
“Looks like their preferred candidate got a beat and let’s see how it pans out. Jordan’s fate was sealed when he went against Ahmed’s advise to vote for Morroco.”
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga is a Cosafa executive committee member. Alongside Cosafa boss Philip Chiyangwa, Kamanga was lobbying for Danny Jordan.
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