Nine nominated for GOtv awards
At least nine players have been nominated for GOtv Netball Champions League awards after displaying sparkling performances in the first and second round games.
The league concludes today at Don Bosco in Lilongwe following semifinals played yesterday at the same venue.
Outstanding players will be recognised this evening at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe during a gala.
Blue Eagles Sisters goal-shooter, Joyce Mvula and centre Takondwa Lwazi, have been nominated in two categories after outstanding performances that inspired their teams to register shock results at the expense of defending champions, Complex Tigresses.
Mvula, alongside Mary Mvere of Civonets, and Kukoma Diamonds’ Alinafe Kamwala have been nominated for the best shooter accolade while Lwazi together with Rose Mkanda of Civonets and Thandie Galeta of Thunder Queens, have been earmarked for best centre award.
In defence, Diamonds players Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda and Wezzie Mzembe, have been short-listed alongside Lauren Ngwira of Tigresses.
However, following numerous nominations, Lwazi, Mvula and Kamwala have also been nominated for the player-of-the-tournament award.
According to the organisers, MultiChoice Malawi marketing manager, Chimwemwe Nyirenda, the final and play-offs matches would have a bearing on the nominations.
“A panelist of former players, technical officials and sports journalists was used to come up with the nominated candidates. They took into account consistent performances and contributions to one’s team. The players that will continue to impress in technique and help their teams will surely stand a great chance to win awards,” he said.
Nyirenda said they were impressed with the performances of the teams since the competition started.
“It was difficult to predict the winners because the competition was so stiff,” he said.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) general secretary, Carol Bapu, said they were hoping for the exciting final in Lilongwe.
The competition attracted eight teams following the additional of Northern Region sides, Mimosa Queens and Lameck Queens. This is the first time that teams from the north joined the competition.
Previously, the competition attracted teams from the Southern and Central regions. Tigresses are the defending champions.
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