SHARM EL SHEIKH: Walter Nyamilandu, head of the Malawi Football Association, has been elected by the African confederation CAF to take over from Ghana’s scandal-enshrouded Kwesi Nyantakyi as a vice-president and representative on the governing council of FIFA writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

Nyamilandu defeated South African FA president Danny Jordaan by 35 votes to 18 after two rounds of voting an an extraordinary conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, at the weekend

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.

Jordaan’s prospects were damaged by his support at FIFA Congress in June for the United States/Mexico/Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup rather than Morocco.

Nick Mwendwa, the president of Kenya’s Football Federation and Elvis Chetty, president of the Seychelles FA, both withdrew from the election before the first round.

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi quit all positions after being suspended by FIFA after bribery allegations levelled in an under-cover media investigation. He has denied all wrongdoing.

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CAF president Ahmad also announced the formal support of the African confederation for the re-election next year of Gianni Infantino as FIFA president.

Infantino expressed his thanks for the vote of confidence, saying: “This means a lot to me. I have put everything in place to make sure that the future is really in Africa. It’s about advancing football, it’s all about progressing together. ”

As for next year’s Nations Cup tournament, Ahmad said  decision on whether Cameroon would be maintained as host would be taken after the country’s presidential election at the end of this month.