Finally, those that toiled and sweated in the 2018 TNM Super League season will be rewarded this evening as sponsors TNM plc splash prizes to outstanding individuals and teams at Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre.
The event will ultimately climax with Nyasa Big Bullets being crowned as the 2018 champions.
But before that, there will also be prizes for runners-up Be Foward Wanderers, third-placed Silver Strikers and fourth placed Civil Sporting Club.
In individual awards, TNM will spoil the Golden Boot winner Chiukepo Msowoya and several others to be revealed during the event.
Other categories to look forward to include Best Goalkeeper, Best Midfielder, Best Defender, Most Improved Player, Player of the Season, Best First and Second Assistant Referee and Best Referee.
Clubs will also compete for Best Technical Panel, Best Team Management, Most Improved Club, Fair Play Team, Most Disciplined Supporters, First Round Winners.
For the first time, TNM will award Predictor of the Season who has been drawn from TNM’s Zampira Promotion.
TNM head of marketing division Sobhuza Ngwenya said a colourful ceremony awaits the guests, the 2018 champions and other prizes winners.
“TNM has put together a glittering ceremony to honour the 2018 champions and other prize winners. The moment that all soccer fans and stakeholders have been waiting for is here, and we at TNM Plc are ready to make it historic and memorable,” he said.
Ngwenya, whose company has been sponsoring the league continuously for 12 years, said patrons to the closing award ceremony should look forward to be entertained by the Salama Africa Dance crew comprising Congolese dancers based at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
Minister of Labour, Youth Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia, FAM president Walter Nyamilandu, clubs and Sulom officials and other football dignitaries are expected to grace the occasion.
“The awards categories have been widened to reflect depth and growth of the league in recent years. The widening of categories and prizes underscores TNM’s commitment to Malawi football as the long-term sponsor,” said Ngwenya.
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the event is strictly by invitation.
“We urge the invited guests to be punctual,” he said.
This year TNM has made some changes to the awards gala by separating the media awards component from the clubs awards event.
The media awards are being adjudged by an independent panel coordinated by TNM’s media agency, FD Communications Limited and will be held in a few weeks’ time. n