South Africa dominates Rasa awards

26 May 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAY (NAMPA) – Caster Semenya walked away with two coveted awards at the 2019 African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region Five Annual Sports Awards (Rasa) held in Windhoek on Saturday.
The South African star athlete was named Sportsperson of the Year as well as Sportswoman of the Year.
Semenya, who is the current champion in the 800 metres (m) and 1 500m after winning last year’s Commonwealth Games at Australia’s Gold Coast, was not present at the event to collect her awards.
The awards, held outside South Africa for the first time since its inception four years ago, also saw Zimbabwe’s martial arts star, Wilfred Mashaya winning the Sportsman of the Year award.
The Sports Journalist of the Year award further went to Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Tirivavi, while Coach of the Year was given to Gilbert Nyamutsambwa, also from Zimbabwe. He is that country’s 7s Rugby team coach.
Junior Sportswoman of the Year went to Moneyi Chingaipe of Malawi, while Kennedy Luchembe from Zambia got the Junior Sportsman of the Year award.
Ndodazi Jonathan Ntutu of South Africa was named Sportsman of the Year with Disability, while fellow-countrywoman Anrune Liebenberg won the women’s equivalent.
Sports team of the Year went to South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, for their exploits at the women’s African Championships where they were runners up, as well as for qualifying for the women’s World Cup in France in June.
The Confederation of the Year award was won by CANA Zone four (IV), while the AUSC Region 5 award went to Zambia for their efforts in developing sports.
Namibia had two nominees, Limba Mupetami (Journalist of the Year) and Ananias Shikongo (Sportsman of the Year with Disability), vying for honours on the night.
The complete list of Rasa 2019 recipients is as follows: Junior Sportswoman of the Year - Moneyi Chingaipe (Malawi); Junior Sportsman of the Year - Kennedy Luchembe (Zambia); Sportsman of the Year with Disability - Jonathan Ntutu (South Africa); Sportswoman of the Year with Disability - Anrune Liebenberg (South Africa); Sports Team of the Year - Banyana Banyana (South Africa); Coach of the Year - Gilbert Nyamutsambwa (Zimbabwe); Confederation of the Year - Cana Zone IV; Sports Journalist of the Year - Tinashe Tirivavi (Zimbabwe); AUSC Region Five Award – Zambia; Sportsman of the Year - Wilfred Mashaya (Zimbabwe); Sportswoman of the Year - Caster Semenya (South Africa); Sports Person of the Year - Caster Semenya (South Africa).
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