A delegation of nine people will leave the country on Friday for Matsapha, Eswatini to attend the 5th edition of the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) which are slated for Saturday 24 June 2023.
The Minister of Youth and Sport, Honorable Uchizi Mkandawire MP will lead the delegation which comprises of Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Board Chairperson Dr. Sunduzwayo Madise, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Isaac Katopola, the Director of Sports in the Ministry Youth and Sports Mr. Jameson Ndalama, MNCS Acting Executive Secretary Shephord Boma, MNCS Administration Manager Mr. Henry Mereka, captain of the Malawi women’s national football team Tabitha Chawinga, journalist Peter Kanjere and boxer Sean Joseph.
Malawi has been nominated in three categories at the regional awards which include the Junior sports man of the year, sports team of the year and journalist of the year.
Boxer Sean Joseph was nominated in the junior sports man of the year category and he will compete against Sihlelelwe Zwakele from Eswatini and William Chingewe from Zambia.
The Malawi women national football team were nominated as sports team of the year and they will compete with Zambia women national team and Botswana’s 4x400m men relay team.
Journalist Peter Kanjere was nominated as the journalist of the year and he faces competition from Zambia’s Memory Malisawa and South Africa’s Hloni Mtimkulu.
During the awards ceremony, MNCS Administration Manager Mr. Henry Mereka and the Director of sport in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Jameson Ndalama will be given special awards for serving the region for ten years. The 10 year of service award is recognition of the length of time one has served in the region.
The RASA awards aim to encourage, coordinate and promote the development of all forms of sport in the region and at the same time the awards also provide an opportunity to motivate member states, teams and individuals by recognizing and celebrating outstanding achievements in sports