Mwai Kumwenda wins MBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Malawi’s only netball export Mwawi Kumwenda on Friday won the MBC Innovative Sports Personality of the Year award for 2015 after beating South Africa-based boxer Isaac Chilemba who was also nominated for the award.

Mwawi Kumwenda (centre) wins Sports Personality of the Year: Poses with Mayor of Blantyre Noel Chalamanda and his wife

Mwawi Kumwenda (centre) wins Sports Personality of the Year: Poses with Mayor of Blantyre Noel Chalamanda and his wife

The award was presented to Kumwenda by Minister of Sports ad Culture Grace Chiumia at Innovations Awards Gala held at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre which was attended by President Peter Mutharika.

“I didn’t expect this, it has come as a surprise, ” said Kumwenda, currently assistant coach for Kukoma Diamonds but play for New Zealad’s Tactix.

“”Thank you very much,” said Kumwenda who recieved a trophy, K500 000 and a paid for one month trips to Egypt and China.

“I dedicate the award to my family, friends and my fans,” said Kumwenda who was recently named Player of the Tournament at 2015 Netball World Cup.

Kumwenda’s professional career took off in 2012 after an impressive performance at the 2012 Fast5 Netball Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.

In 2013 she became the first African netball player to sign for Tactix and in2014, she was named Best New Talent for ANZ Championship.

According to MBC, the innovation awards which were being held for the first time will be an annual event.

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Ujeni Phiri

I don’t understand MBC, Mwai has done what Mary Wire did, that is not innovation, Chilemba has done what No Malawian did, that’s at least some level of innovation. Korea Mpatsa sales tyres made by someone, that’s not innovation, Napoleon Dzombe owns a Suger factory among other innovative achievements that’s innovation. This was just a make up show to reward Lhomwes. The Mwai Kumwenda was just a scapegoat


Zili bho

Professor kukada

Mwayi amatha kip it up

i want a tractor

bwana kabononkhola @15, simukulakwitsa ayi.

innovation; a new idea, a more effective device . the application of better solutions to meet new requirements in products, processes and technologies.

apa ndikungowonapo entertainers of the year basi. nanga dj opanga ndi mapazi ndi zanyuwani? armless people have been driving cars and writing books with their feet for decades.


My poor understanding of English. I had initially thought they are to recognize inventors and pioneers of things, gadgets, or whatever. Was net ball scoring invented by Mwawi? While I recognize her contribution to our countrys pride, I feel it may defeat the purpose of the program. What about people like the nsima cooker maker?


Congratulations to Mwai Kumwenda, you deser this honor. Next page to Kinnah Phiri, the guy from German Ewho took over from you at the FREE STATE STARS is fired. Will you grab the chance??




Izi ndiye zakuthako. Chilemba was until very recently world boxer osati netball yosewera makape. USA, Russia, China, France, Italy, Brazil, German, Mexico, Argentina and so many more do not play the stupid game called netball. So why reward nyerere pamene mkango ulipo?


Kodi mai mayor ndi pempho nkaonja? Sindimaziwatu ine kuti pempho unakwatira chalamanda, ayi zili bwino. Ndingoona 2019 chilima and chalamanda bona. Mary and pempho as our first ladies, koma kuzatelera- wina sazamwa madzi

i want a tractor

sharp mwaxy, ndikudikilabetu. ukachedwa kundilola ndivayila juliana.

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