FAM releases 2023 Castel Challenge Cup players awards nominees list

By Chisomo Phiri

Football Association of Malawi(FAM) has announced the release of  a list of nominees for the 2023 Castel Challenge Cup individual players’ awards.

According to the list,the four awards up for grabs are the Player of the Tournament, Discovery of the Tournament, Best Goalkeeper and Top goal scorer.

The latter will be shared by six players who are tied at five goals and these are Peter Kasonga and Mphatso Philemon of MAFCO, Emmanuel Saviel of Bangwe All Stars, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers striker Chiukepo Msowoya,  Moyale Barracks forward Gastin Simkonda and Patrick Macheso of Silver Strikers.

FCB Nyasa Big Bullets strikers Hassan Kajoke and Lanjesi Nkhoma and Silver Strikers midfielder Patrick Macheso will compete for the Player of the Tournament award.

Saviel and his teammate defender Talandila Chigaula and Chitipa United left back Grem Lemela have been nominated for the Discovery of the Tournament award.

The three nominees for the goalkeeper of the tournament are Rahman of Bangwe All Stars, Silver Strikers stopper Pilirani Mapira and Richard Chimbamba of FCB Nyasa Big Bullets.

The winners will be crowned at a special ceremony to be hosted by the sponsors Castel Malawi on February 21, 2024 in Blantyre.

According to FAM Competitions and Communications Director  Gomezgani Zakazaka, the Competitions Technical Study group produced the nominations after analysing the Competitions statistics.

Zakazaka said a selected group of coaches under the National Coaches Association, who were responsible for selecting Player of the Match in the competition and some football journalists will vote for the awards.