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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi National Council of Sports is expected to scrutinise the list of Friday night’s Malawi Sport Awards winners before short-listing candidates for Regional Annual Sports Awards (Rasa) set for Namibia on May 25 2019.

Sports Council staged the second edition of the awards at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, where outstanding sport personalities were honoured, following their exploits in 2018.

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Now the winners have a chance to prove their prowess against counterparts from nine other AUSC Region 5 member countries.

Sports Council Administration Manager, Henry Mereka, said the award-winners with international appeal would be nominated for the regional event.

“We will look at athletes and officials who did well on the international scene. Mind you, we are looking at recognised and highly rated international events,” he said.

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Mereka said they need winners with strong credentials to battle with those from other countries.

AUSC Region Five Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Mutoya, said Rasa nominees write their own pieces of history by becoming regional icons with an opportunity to champion charity further raising Malawi’s flag at regional level.

“Apart from the recognition that comes with that elevation, the Region 5 Annual Sports Awards are meant to celebrate excellence and inspire innovation through the irresistible power of sport.

“As Nelson Mandela once said: ‘Sport has the power to change the world’. As such, sport should be effectively used to change the face of society, particularly transforming the lives of the 177 million people of this region at all levels,” Mutoya said.

Last year, Sports Council selected Malawi under-23 national football team player Peter Banda, Griffin Young Stars coach Griffin Saenda Junior and referee Bernadetter Kwimbira Nzika for the regional awards, but none of them won.

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