Nation Publications Limited’s (NPL) Bobby Kabango and Pledge Jali have clinched the best photo-journalist and best print journalist awards in the coverage of the 2018 Fisd Challenge Cup and Simso Northern Region Football League, respectively.
For his feat, Kabango received K100 000 and a miniature.
“It’s always good to be recognised for good work, but this is not just my effort, it reflects the team work that exists at NPL,” he said.
On his part, Jali, who received K40 000, said he was excited with the recognition.
“It is always humbling when your work is appreciated and I thank my colleagues at NPL for their support,” he said.
NPL sports editor Garry Chirwa said the awards reflect the level of professionalism at NPL.
“But we have not reached anywhere near where we want to be in the quest to exceed readers’ expectations,” he said.
The latest awards summed up what was a good year for NPL sports desk, which also scooped Airtel Top 8 best print journalist (Clement Chinoko), TNM Super League best print journalist (Joy Ndovi), the top-flight league’s best online journalist (Jali) and also best photographer (Kabango). The best print journalist for Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League was also won by NPL’s Solomon Manda.
The other Fisd Cup media awards winners were: videographer/cameraperson: Snowden Kadzakumanja (Rainbow TV); TV journalist Lucy Kadzongwe (Rainbow TV); radio journalist: Rabson Woodwell (Nkhoma Synod Radio); Online: Tione Andsen (Mana).
However, having thoroughly assessed print media entries, the judges resolved that they did not meet high reporting standards set by the organisers, and, as such, there was no winner.
In reaction, Chirwa said: “As NPL, that gives us food for thought.” n