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By Mphatso Malidadi:

MEREKA—We have also lined up several performances

Malawi National Council of Sports has disclosed that counterparts from Southern African countries are set to attend the second edition of Malawi Sport Awards.

The council’s administration manager, Henry Mereka, said this during a press briefing held at the body’s head office in Blantyre Wednesday.

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Mereka said officials from Region Five member countries such as Lesotho will grace the function tomorrow at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

“This event has attracted international interest because the winners will compete with other winners from the region. So, those countries would like to see what Malawi is doing and also benchmark because last year’s function was rated highly despite being our first event,” he said.

He also said, being the second edition, the council has made improvements so as to add pomp and colour

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“We have also lined up several performances to spice up the event. Patience Namadingo and Lulu [musicians] will also entertain the audience,” he said.

Mereka said the awards are designed to encourage athletes and administrators to aim for excellence.

“We launched these awards as the summit of sport development in the country.

“As we reward athletes, administrators and associations, this will actually motivate them to put more effort in sport. Even those who won’t make it will actually work hard to be at the podium next time,” he said.

Top assistant referee Bernadetter Kwimbira Nzika emerged the overall winner of the inaugural awards last year.

The awards will recognise junior female sportsperson, junior male sportsperson, sports administrator, non-citizen, national team, sport woman of the year, sportsman, coach, referee and district of the year, among other categories.

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