By Duncan Mlanjira
Fam Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda will be the only Africa football administrator to play a crucial role in the Fifa elections scheduled for Zurich, Switzerland on February 26, 2016.
Nyirenda will be joined by three other officials from other countries as scrutineers, headed by a senior Fifa official, to control the distribution and counting of ballot papers.
Nyirenda said this was an honour not just to him personally but to the nation as a whole.
“It speaks volumes about the confidence and trust which Fifa has in Fam,” he said.
“I thank God for giving me this life time opportunity to serve at the Fifa elections. This is for Malawi and I am very thankful to Fifa for recognising Malawi over the past five years where, apart from being the scrutineer at the Fifa elections, Malawi was the pioneer of the Fifa Under-15 league pilot project which was launched in October 2015.
“Malawi also hosted the technical directors’ seminar in January (2016)—the first of its kind in the Southern and Eastern Africa.
“Malawi is probably the only country in the Southern Africa to have successfully implemented the Performance Programme that has seen the refurbishment of the Mpira Village into one of the best football centres in Africa,” Nyirenda said.
Nyirenda joined Fam in March 2007 starting as an administration manager before being elevated to become chief administration manager in 2010.
In 2011 he became chief executive officer/general secretary and over the years, after Fifa trainings, he has become a Fifa accredited football administration instructor.
He is also a member of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Club Licensing System committee, appointed in 2013. He is also a match commissioner for Fifa and Caf.
Apart from being secretary for over 10 committees of Fam, Nyirenda is also Fam’s electoral commission secretary.
Fam President Walter Nyamilandu will be one of 209 delegates from Fifa affiliates from across the world to vote for president who will replace Sepp Blatter.
Blatter was forced to resign from the prestigious post following graft allegations that have rocked the world football governing body.
The candidates vying for the Fifa presidency are Gianna Infantino from Switzerland, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa from Bahrain, former Fifa executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, former Fifa general secretary Jerome champagne and South African Tokyo Sexwale,
Interestingly, Caf has endorsed its support for Sheikh Salman rather than the South African, who is a former political prisoner with Nelson Mandela.
Former Uefa president was forced to withdraw his candidature after being banned for eight years together with Blatter. Platini is alleged to have received graft money from Blatter.