By Mphatso Malidadi:
TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets and fourth-placed Masters Security were on cloud nine after they dominated the league’s awards during a glittering awards gala at Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre on Saturday.
Bullets won two team awards and four of their players, including striker Chiukepo Msowoya and skipper John Lanjesi, won individual awards.
The People’s Team was voted the best first round side and also won the best managed team accolade.
Masters Security won two awards, namely best technical panel and most improved team.
The Lilongwe-based side’s captain, Francis Mkonda, walked back home with the best midfielder accolade.
Silver Strikers supporters were named the most disciplined in the just ended season.
Well known social media commentator, Steve Moloseni, was named best supporter for correctly predicting most of the top flight league’s matches.
League debutants, TN Stars, were selected the best fair play side.
In individual category, Bullets players scooped four awards out of the available six Bullets custodian Rabson Chiyenda was named the best goalkeeper while captain Lanjesi won the best defender award.
Midfielder Mike Mkwate, also from Bullets, was recognised as the most improved player while seasoned forward Msowoya, with 16 goals, won the golden boot award.
Masters Security midfielder, Francis Mkonda, won the best midfielder award.
Be Forward Wanderers America-bound playmaker, Yamikani Chester, was named player of the season. Chester, in absentia, got K300,000 plus a miniature while Msowoya received K250,000. The rest of the individual award-winners got K100,000 each.
Referees were also recognised with the best set award going to Gift Chicco, Happiness Mbandambanda and Clemence Kanduku.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Haiya, said dominating the awards was a true reflection of the team’s overall performance.
“The league was our number one priority and we thank everyone from the players, supporters and the board for contributing to our victory. Dominating the awards underlines our class. Our main mission in the new season will be to defend the league title,” Haiya said.
Masters Team Manager, Muhammed Seleiman, said they were humbled with the three awards.
“This goes back to team work. We will continue working hard. We will also push our players to aim at achieving more in the 2018 season,” Seleiman said.
Bullets got K15 million for being champions whereas Wanderers, as runners up, received K7.5 million.
Third-placed Silver Strikers got K4 million, with fourth-placed Masters pocketing K3.5 million.