Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president, Khungekire Matiya has pulled out of the race to retain the position during elections slated for August 7.
The association was expected to elect new office bearers in May, but the date was shifted to August by the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) after noting some anomalies during the nomination process as per the complaint by some candidates including former Malawi National Netball team captain, Mary Waya Chongwe.
After investigations, MNCS then set August 7 in Lilongwe for the contesting candidates to face each other.
Despite more members of the current committee including general secretary, Carol Bapu not being eligible to contest after serving two terms, Matiya was free to contest having served only one term.
In a letter to NAM members which Kulinji.com has seen, Matiya has not indicated reasons for her withdrawal.
"Dear Members, I am writing to you in relation to the upcoming Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) Executive Committee elections. Before the postponement of the elections in May 2021, I had expressed interest to contest for the Presidency, and indeed I was nominated for the same.
"However, I have reconsidered my position and have decided not to contest in the upcoming elections scheduled for 7 August 2021. I thank you all for supporting my candidacy and I wish the best of luck to all those vying for various positions in the elections. I will be available to assist the new executive committee in the transition, if need be. God bless you all! Long Live Malawi, Long Live Malawi Netball!!," Reads the letter.
Matiya took over from late Rose Chinunda and has left the association at a time it is yet to kick-off the FDH Netball Cup after securing sponsorship from FDH Bank last year.
The race is now expected to be between Waya Chongwe and former NAM treasurer and MP for Zomba Likangala Abigail Shariff.