HARARE – Zimbabwe boxing sensation Charles Manyuchi and swimmer Kirsty Coventry have been nominated for prizes in the inaugural African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Awards.
The Regional Annual Sports Awards (Rsas) will be hosted at Birchwood Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 25.
Manyuchi, who is the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion has been nominated for the Sportsman of the Year gong which he will battle it out against fellow boxer Paulus Ambunda from Namibia, mid-distance runners Nijel Amos of Botswana and Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa.
Mozambica basketball national team point guard Pio Matos has also been nominated in the same category.
Coventry has also been nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year award together with Edmilsa Governo (Mozambique), Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (South Africa), Pearl Morake (Botswana) and Michelle Kunzle (Namibia).
In the Junior Sports Man of the Year category, Zimbabwe’s rowing star Kyle Hinde is also in the running while local motocross rider Tanya Muzinda has been nominated for the Junior Sport Woman of the Year award.
Zimbabwean Special Olympics golfer Dadirai Jack has been nominated in the Sports Woman of the Year with a Disability.
Luck Chitembe has been nominated for the Sports Man of the Year with a Disability award.
The Zimbabwe senior women’s netball side is in the running for the Team of the Year gong while their gaffer Ledwin Dondo has been nominated for the Coach of the Year award.
The Daily News’ own Farayi Machamire has been nominated for the Journalist of the Year award.
AUSC General Manager, Stanley Mutoya said: “This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate sports excellence, reward achievement, stimulate interest in sports, discover new talent and promote development. It also provides the opportunity to recognise sport luminaries, in and off the field of play and help position the region’s Sports Awards brand as the main event in the region.”
South Africa Sports minister Fikile Mbalula, who will be hosting the award, said: “We are honoured to be supporting the African Union and hosting the inaugural awards in South Africa.
“Our great continent of Africa prides itself with talented men and women who represent us well in the world of sport. South African history is not unique but is shared by many other African nations.”