Peter Wadabwa was the star of the show at the Be Forward Wanderers Players Gala Awards that took place on Saturday evening at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.
The prolific striker scooped the best striker award and the main prize of the evening-the Player of the Season award.
It was a colorful event that started with a parade of the Carlsberg and Fisd Challenge cups that the team won last season.
The two cups were taken around several townships in Blantyre alongside the Luso TV bus that Wanderers won on January 2 after beating bitter rivals Nyasa Big Bullets 5-1 over two legs in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
The soft spoken Wadabwa said he attributes his successful season to God who kept him going at a time many had written him off.
“I am not surprised by all these achievements. This is what happens when you put God first in everything. He is a miracle-working God,” Wadabwa said.
For his efforts, the former Silver Strikers goal poacher got a refrigerator, a cash prize of K100, 000 and a plasma TV set.
Another seasoned player, Joseph Kamwendo, got the best midfielder award, with veteran Vales Kamzere scooping the best goalkeeper award for his heroics on the occasions he rescued the team when there were problems with goalkeepers.
Jafali Chande got the Most Improved Player Award while Rafik Namwera was voted the most disciplined player.
Stanley Sanudi was given the best defender accolade and like the other award winners, went back home with a refrigerator, a miniature and K50, 000 cash.
Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, thanked the players for the team’s achievements in the 2016 season and appealed to them to work even harder to achieve more in the new season.
Butao disclosed that sponsors Be Forward have committed to give out a vehicle to the winner of next season’s Player of the Year award.
During the ceremony, Super League of Malawi Treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, gave out a special reward of K50, 000 to midfielder Felix Zulu for what he described as an astonishing debut for Wanderers.
All players registered with the team in the 2016 season received medals and a cash prize of K50,000.
New signing Lucky Malata was one of the recipients in a move justified by Butao as a way of welcoming the defender to Lali Lubani Road.
The event was also graced by Wanderers executive member, Humphrey Mvula, Blantyre City Deputy Mayor, Joseph Makwinja and Football Association of Malawi Commercial Director, Limbani Matola
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