Times Group sports journalist, Mphatso Malidadi, has won the best print award for the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board.
The board held its gala at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on Tuesday to award outstanding boxers and reporters for the year.
Malidadi, who was recognised in absentia, yesterday said it was a pleasant surprise for him to receive the award.
“It is a surprise because this is the first time that a local boxing body has recognised and rewarded journalists following their work.
“As Times Sports Desk, we always strive to give balanced coverage to all sporting activities, and we are encouraged to promote minority sports codes as well. I thank my colleagues who have been helpful always,” he said.
In other categories, Patrick Simango of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation was named the best for radio with Phillip Kaitano (Zodiak Broadcasting Station) earning a similar award for the television section.
During the gala, Ndunduzile Kamkwamba was named the best up-and-coming boxer of the year whereas in the females’ category Ellen Simwaka claimed the most disciplined boxer award and the best performer of the year was Ruth Chisale.
In the men’s section, most disciplined boxer award went to Laston Kaira and Anisha Bashir was voted overall best boxer of the year.
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