Malawi’s Nyamilandu-Manda elected to FIFA General Council

President of the Football Association of Malawi, Walter Nyamilandu-Manda, has been elected to the FIFA General Council after winning a run-off vote at a special sitting of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on Sunday.

Nyamilandu-Manda defeated South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan by 35 votes to 18 in the final round and will now take his place on the highest decision-making body at FIFA.

The pair had been in a three-way vote along with former Tanzania Football Federation president Leodgar Tenga, who dropped out in the first round.

The position on the FIFA General Council became open after the resignation of Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi and was contested only by candidates from English-speaking countries on the continent.

With the appointment of Manda, Africa now has eight members on the FIFA General Council, including Vice-President Ahmad, who is also President of the Confederation of African Football, and General Secretary Fatma Samoura (Senegal).

The others are Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia), Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea), Lydia Nsekera (Burundi), Constant Omari (DR Congo) and Hany Abo Rida (Egypt).