MUWOWO GRABS TOP PRIZE
Written by Millennium on August 19, 2019
MUKWIMA CHILALA writes
FORMER Forest Rangers forward Austin Muwowo stole the limelight at the FAZ/MTN Award gala held on Saturday evening walking away with the main prize of the night.
Muwowo was named Player of the 2019 Transitional League, which saw him shrug off competition from fellow national team stars Bruce Musakanya and Lazarous Kambole.
The Pirates star had a season to remember with Forest and finished joint top scorer with former teammate Zikiru Adams and Napsa Stars striker Laudit Mavugo.
Muwowo said winning the top award of night was a dream-come-true for him, which he had been longing for.
“I feel excited. Right now I don’t know how I can express myself. It’s really a great honour to get this. Really, I want to thank God. My teammates at Forest Rangers, I want to say ‘thank you’,” Muwowo said.
“I dreamed about winning it. It’s a dream-come-true. I want to thank the coaches (at Forest Rangers) for the support and for all the encouragement that came from them and for pushing me to work hard,” he said.
Russian based midfielder Klings Kangwa fended off competition from Arsenal Tula compatriot Lameck Banda and former Circuit City player Biston Banda to be crowned Young Player of the Year.
Banda’s eight league goals were not enough for him to beat Kangwa, who played a key role in ensuring Buildcon qualified to their maiden CAF Confederation Cup.
Former Zesco United striker Lazarus Kambole walked home with two awards.
The Kaizer Chiefs player won the Most Disciplined Player award as well as the fans Footballer of the Year award.
Green Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi was awarded Coach of Year after shrugging off competition from Red Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe and former Buildcon coach Srdjan Zivojnov.
FIFA referee Audrick Nkole won the Referee of the Year award while Diana Chikotesha won the Assistant Referee of the Year award.
The awards gala was officiated by FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, representatives from MultiChoice and MTN as well as Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo, who was the guest of honour.