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Anisha Bashir, Chessam fired up

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi Sport Awards overall winner, Anisha Bashir, has said she will gun for bigger fights this year to retain her accolades in next year’s event.

Bashir was the toast of the night following her success in the second edition of the awards held at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on Friday night.

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The female boxer was also named Sport Woman of the Year ahead of women’s football icon Tabitha Chawinga and netball star Joyce Mvula.

The African Boxing Union and Commonwealth Super Lightweight belts holder is expected to vie for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver belt against Chantelle Cameron later this year.

The winner is expected to be given the mandatory right to challenge WBC Women’s World Lightweight Champion Delfine Persoon.

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“I have two potential world title fights. I have to beat Cameron for the WBC Silver title and then challenge champion Delfine Persoon for the WBC World title. I will take each fight at a time knowing that victory will help me to earn recognition at home and abroad,” Bashir said.

Meanwhile, Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam) President, Susan Namangale, has said the association will continue putting necessary structures to enable players to earn titles and improve their ratings.

“We should not relax but work hard so that the sport continues to grow. We have won these awards because of the performances of our players as well as the structures we put in place,” Namangale said.

Chessam dominated the awards after Namangale was named the Best Administrator whereas the association’s Chess in Schools Project was selected as the best-executed sports programme.

The country’s chess governing body was also named the best sports association while Chiletso Chipanga got the Best Sportsman award.

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