Simkonda voted Standard Bank best player, Bango gets media prize

Youthful Moyale Barracks Football Club sneaky forward Gustin Simkonda has been voted the best player of the 2011 Standard Bank Top 8 Trophy.

Player of tournament

The Flames striker was voted by Standard Bank customers as the most outstanding player after assisting his team to reach this year’s finals in which they lost 1-2 to Blue Eagles, a police team.

In the campaign, Simkonda, who is a menace to most defenders in the Super League teams, scored two goals.

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The player, whose brother Andy is also a striker for the Mzuzu based army side, received K100 000 for winning the title.

Golden boot

Other awardees included Blue Eagles playmaker John Banda who scoped the golden boot award after scoring four goals in the tournament. He also got K100 000.

Before the final, Banda was competing for the honour with Red Lions’ Kumbukani Mwambeni with three goals apiece.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) President Walter Nyamilandu, swayed by  Banda’s exploits, gave the player K20 000 as a token of appreciation for what he has done to his team and the tournament.

Banda, formerly of relegated Super League side, Eagles Striker, sponsored by Mzuzu Police, scored the winning goal for his side after missing a penalty in the early minutes of the game.

Media awards

Other individuals who were also honoured during the prize giving ceremony held at Standard Bank Head Office’s Ticheze Lounge at Capital City, Lilongwe, Sunday evening which was presided over by the Minister of Sports, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, were sports journalists Mike Bango and Joy Ndovi of Zodiak Radio and Blantyre Newspapers Limited respectively.

Bango was voted 2011 Standard Bank Top 8 Trophy best electronic journalist while Ndovi scooped the best print journalist award. Both went away with K100 000 each.

Standard Bank pledge

As Champions, the police headquarters side received K5 million plus the glittering  trophy with Moyale who were gunning to win the cup for the record three times went away with K2 million.

In his speech, Standard Bank Managing Director Charles Mudiwa said the bank was delighted with the organisation of the whole tournament and the type of football displayed by the two teams.

“Today’s game offered the best of Malawi football. It was all exciting, the teams gave us wonderful fun and we are so much delight with it,” he said while assuring the nation that they will continue bankrolling the trophy.

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