Nyasa Big Bullets football club scooped six awards at an awards gala organised by the Super League of Malawi (SULOM) in conjunction with sponsors Telecom Networks Malawi(TNM) at Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre.
Despite being crowned champions for the 2019 TNM super league and pocketing k15 million, the people’s team saw Rabson Chiyenda winning the best goalkeeper award for the second consecutive year. He also won the award last year defeating other nominees John Soko of Blue Eagles and Bonage Lweya of Kamuzu Barracks. Chiyenda kept 21 clean sheets and only conceded 13 goals which have earned him the award and K100 000.
Charles Petro, who played in the elite league for the first time this year having graduated from Nyasa Big Bullets reserve side won the best defender award. He perfectly filled in the gap left by injured John Lanjesi who won the award last year.
The defending champions also produced the best player of the season. Peter Banda received k300 000 as he won the man of the match awards despite playing in the super league for the first time after being bought from Griffin young stars.
Bullets also received the award for best team management as well as the award for the most disciplined supporter.
Blue Eagles football club who went home with k4 million for finishing on the third position also produced the best midfielder of the season. Micium Mhone was consistent for the police headquarters side and netted 12 goals last season. The 2019 FISD cup winners also won the categories of most improved team and best technical panel.
Khuda Muyaba of Silver Strikers won the award for the top goal scorer having scored 21 goals in 2019. He went home with k250 000 as his side received k3.5 million for finishing on the third position in the league.
Be Forward Wanderers received the runners up award with k7 million and saw goalkeeper William Thole winning the award of most improved player and received a k100 000.
Moyale Barracks football club won the award of fair play team and received k800 000 while technical director of Tigers football club and Alufeyo Chipanga Banda, chairman of Karonga United were given special awards of excellence for their contribution to the game of football.
SULOM also awarded Newton Nyirenda as the best referee of the 2019 season while Joseph Nyauti and Elizabeth Sichinga were recognised as the best first assistant and second assistant referees respectively.