May 15, 2024 | News

Malawi has received nominations in six out of ten categories for this year’s African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA), which will take place in Lusaka, Zambia, on May 25,  2024.

Each category consists of three nominees who will compete for the ultimate prize during a gala dinner organized by the African Union Sports Council Region 5.

The nominees include Hanna Winesi, who has been nominated in the Sportswoman of the Year with a disability category. She will be competing against discus and shotput athlete Simone Kruger from South Africa, as well as Lahja Ishitile, a T11 athlete from Namibia. Victoria Mkwala has been nominated in the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year category. Her competitors will be swimmer Hayley Hoy from Eswatini and athlete Obakeng Kamberuka from Botswana.

Swimmer Luka Chimwemwe Smit has been nominated as the Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year. He will be up against athlete Lestile Tebogo from Botswana and draughts player Willian Chinzewa from Zambia. Lovemore Fazili, coach of Malawi’s women’s national football team, has been nominated in the Coach of the Year category. His competitors will be Nayombe Muliyunda, a karate coach from Zambia, and athletics coach Kleopas Letu Hamhola from Namibia.

The Malawi women’s national football team, known as the Scorchers, has been nominated in the Team of the Year category alongside the South Africa rugby male national team, the Springboks, and Botswana’s senior men’s 4x400m relay team. In addition, Times Television journalist Mphatso Malidadi has been nominated in the Sports Journalist of the Year category. He will be facing competition from Fabrice Musonera of Eswatini and Virginia Chilongo of Zambia.

The voting is only open to journalists from the member countries. Last year, Malawi received nominations in three categories at the regional awards, including Junior Sportsman of the Year, Sports Team of the Year, and Journalist of the  Year.

The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 introduced the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) in 2016 to encourage, coordinate, and promote the development of all forms of sports in the region. The awards also serve as a platform to motivate member states, teams, and individuals by recognizing and celebrating outstanding achievements in sports.

Winners of national awards in each country automatically qualify for the regional awards, which are held on a rotational basis among the member countries. Last year, the awards ceremony took place in Eswatini.