Phumlile up against Caster Se­menyain Re­gion V awards

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Dlamini

– 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

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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.

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