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Malawi’s Delegation Gears Up for Prestigious RASA Awards in Zambia

May 22, 2024 | News

The nominees for this year’s African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) will depart for Lusaka, Zambia, on Friday, May 24, 2024. With support from the Malawi National Council of Sports, the awards are scheduled at the Mulungushi International Conference Center on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Malawi has been nominated in six categories at this year’s awards, including Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year with Disability, Team of the Year, and Sports Journalist of the Year.

Swimmer Luka Smit, nominated as the Junior Sports Person of the Year, will not attend the ceremony as he is currently in the Seychelles training. At the same time, athlete Hanna Winesi, nominated as the Sportswoman of the Year with Disability, and footballer Victoria Mkwala, nominated as Junior Female Sports Person of the Year, will also not be able to travel to Zambia for the awards ceremony as they have started writing the Primary School Leaving Certificate.

The delegation will consist of Malawi women’s national football team coach Lovemore Fazili, who is nominated in the Coach of the Year category; Football Association of Malawi executive member Bernad Harawa, representing the Scorchers; Times Group Journalist Mphatso Malidadi, nominated in sports journalist of the year; Mary Waya from the Ministry of Youth and Sports; and delegation leader Suzan Mbejere.

This is a momentous occasion for Malawi, as it marks the first time the country has been nominated in an impressive six categories at the prestigious RASA awards. Last year, Malawi’s prowess was recognized with nominations in three categories: National Team of the Year, Junior Male Sportsperson, and Journalist of the Year.

Since the inception of the awards in 2016, Malawi has won one award through Moneyi Chingaipe, who won in 2019 as the best female sportsperson of the year at an event in Windhoek, Namibia.

The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 introduced the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) in 2016 as a beacon of excellence in our region’s sports landscape. These awards encourage and coordinate the development of all sports and serve as a platform to celebrate outstanding achievements, motivating member states, teams, and individuals to strive for greatness.

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.