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Anisha Bashir, Mkwanda-Nsinji not discouraged

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Female boxing sensation Anisha Bashir and netball coach Christina Mkwanda-Nsinji have expressed optimism that it is just a matter of time before they win an award at African Union Sport Council Region Five’s Regional Annual Sport Awards (Rasa).

The pair was part of Malawi’s delegation that was nominated for this year’s Rasa awards in Windhoek, Namibia, where budding athlete Moneyi Chingaipe became the first Malawian to win an award after being named best junior female athlete in Southern Africa.

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Bashir got nominations in two categories but was not successful as South Africa’s top athlete, Caster Semenya, walked away with both accolades.

Semenya went on to be named Sportsperson of the Year as well as Sportswoman of the Year.

Bashir said the nomination alone was a big motivation.

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“I just need to take my upcoming fights seriously. If I get a WBC [World Boxing Council] belt, it would give me a good chance to win a top award. But to be counted among the best in Southern Africa is still an achievement because we have many athletes that are doing well in various sports disciplines,” she said.

Bashir will face World Boxing Council Silver champion, Chantelle Cameron, at York Hall in London on June 28.

The fight is also a WBC Final Eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger for WBC Women’s World Lightweight Champion, Delfine Persoon, later in the year.

On her part, Mkwanda- Nsinji said the nomination had given her the chance to interact with top sports personalities in the region.

“To be considered amongst the best three in Southern Africa is no mean achievement. I will continue working hard to maintain my place among the best,” she said.

Malawi’s representatives to the regional contest were selected from the 2018 Malawi Sport Awards.

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