Phumlile up against Caster Semenyain Region V awards
– Local female athlete Phumlile Ndzinisa will be up against history-making South African star Caster Semenya in the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) hosted by the African Union Sports Council (AUSC).
According the full list of nominees, Ndzinisa will face-off against Semenya and seven other female sports stars from countries within the region in the Sportswoman of the Year category. Semenya is an Olympic gold medal holder which she won in 2016 after shooting to the scenes in the 2009 World Championship where she won the 800m in a record time of 1:55:45.
Also in a tightly contested category is the fastest man on the land, Sibusiso ‘SwaziBolt’ Matsejwa who is up against South African Olympic silver medal holder Luvo Manyonga. Manyonga is a high-jump specialist who has been hailed for his exploits after he transformed from being a crystal meth addict to an Oympic medalist in two years.
Mbabane Swallows star Tony ‘TT’ Tsabedze is also up against Monyova in the Sportsperson of the Year category.
Tsabedze’s coach Thabo ‘Koki’ Vilakati is also up for a gong in the Coach of the Year category after his exploits with the ‘Beautiful Birds’. Vilakati is up against big names in South African athletics coach Jean Verster and Namibian Nestor Tobias.
Other local nominees include Mcebo Mdluli in the Sportsman of the Year with Disabilities category, Thandolwethu Mdluli in the Junior Sportsman of the Year category, Carlota Munave in the Sportswoman of the Year category and Sihlangu SeMnikati in the Team of the
Year category. The nominees automatically qualified for the regional awards after their triumph in the inaugural Sports Awards last year which were hosted by the Swaziland National Sport and Recreational Council (SNSRC).
When making his remarks during a press conference yesterday, Swaziland National Sports and Recreational Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Darius Dlomo congratulated the nominees for their efforts and further wished them good luck going into the regional level.
“We are elated to the fact that we finally have our local sports stars getting an opportunity to compete against the best in the region. This was made possible through the awards that we held last year and we would like to thank everyone who supported us.” he said.
The awards are slated for the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.