The 2019 TNM Super League outstanding individuals in the media will be recognised on Friday at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.
TNM Brand and Communications Manager, Limbani Nsapato has announced through a statement that 17 media personalities have been shortlisted for the awards.
He said the list represents the current cream of football journalists in the local media, which underscores the competition’s objective to promote quality sports journalism, integrity and recognition of outstanding football writers and analysts.
“TNM considers sports journalists as an important stakeholder in our continuing quest to develop the game of soccer in Malawi. These awards underscore our serious commitment towards media development and professionalism in Malawi,” said Nsapato.
The shortlisted candidates are Japhet Thole and Mwakhele Kaliyande (MIJ 90.3FM radio), Joy Ndovie, Garry Chirwa & Bobby Kabango (The Nation), Frank Kandu and Steve Liwewe Banda (MBC), Innocent Chitimbe (Timveni Radio), Emmanuel Simpokolwe, Peter Kanjere, Oded Mkangama and Mabvuto Kambuwe (Times Group), Yassin Limu (Radio & TV Islam), Esther Banda, Lucy Kadzongwe and Snowden Kadzakumanja (Rainbow TV) and Benjamin Maona (Kulinji.com).
The judging panel was led by veteran journalist Brian Ligomeka, who is Executive Director of media NGO Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ), alongside journalism lecturers Ellard Manjawira and Maclan Kanyan’gwa from The Polytechnic, a constituent college of University of Malawi.
Ligomeka said the entries for the 2019 season were of superior quality and reflected the emphasis and detail to attention that sports journalists and their media houses place on the coverage of the TNM Super League, which is the country’s elite soccer league.
“The entries across the categories were of superior quality and attest to the coming of age of sports journalism in Malawi. Of particular interest in the 2019 competition is that veterans and upcoming sports journalists alike gave each other stiff competition, and we have also seen an increase in participation by female sports journalists,” he said.
The journalists are competing in seven categories of Best Print, Radio, Television, Online, Live Commentary and Best PhotoJournalism (Print & Television).
Teams, players and other individuals already received their prizes last month.