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Joy Ndovi named 2019 Journalist of the Year

….. He first broke the news about FIFA’s investigations into suspected Flames 2010 AFCON campaign match-fixing scandal
….. SWAM describes Ndovi’s honour as well deserved

Joy Ndovi: MIsa Malawi 2019 Sports Journalist of the Year

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Sports analyst Joy Ndovi has been named Misa Malawi 2019 Sports Journalist of the year.

He is one of the country’s bejeweled senior sports Journalists. Ndovi’s investigative dexterity enables him write articles that shake sports codes establishments.

Here is a rare gem that goes beyond events or PR sports reporting and digs dipper into injustices asphyxiating the evolution of several sporting disciplines in the country.

The article that has won him the Misa 2019 Sports Journalist of the year is yet another master class which shook the country’s football fraternity.

Published by the Nation Newspaper on 6th July, 2019, Ndovi’s bombshell unraveled clandestine match-fixing scandal involving some Flames players during the 2010 AFCON qualifiers and the subsequent final in Angola.

Hellings Mwakasungula in action against Mali at AFCON 2010 final

The investigative piece uncovered that Hellings Mwakasungula and other six unnamed players pocketed up to 270 million kwacha at the Angola final.

Each of the seven players involved in the scandal pocketed USD30, 000 for fixing matches at the Angola final and USD 15,000 per game in eight other matches between 2009 and 2010, the findings also revealed.

According to the article, communication between Mwakasungula and the convicted Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal dates back to 2009 where the latter promised the former flames midfield maestro and his colleagues a reward of USD50, 000 in case they fixed the friendly match against Bahrain.


Furthermore, the report found out that following the cancellation of the team’s friendly match against Bahrain, Perumal dangled USD 15,000 each to Mwakasungula and his crew if they influenced the Flames AFCON qualifier against Burkina Faso.

When the Men’s Senior National Team finally reached the 2010 AFCON final, the Perumal was at it again, offering USD30, 000 to at least five Flames players if they lost to their group opponents Mali, Algeria and the host Angola, the report added.

Convicted Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal

Ndovi’s report went on to detail how the two continued to work on their match fixing plans in matches against Yemen and Sudan after the 2010 AFCON Final.

Eventually, the World football governing body imposed a life ban on Hellings Mwakasungula from participating in any football related activities.

Following the revelations, FAM appointed Thoko Chazema to the position of Integrity officer and engaged the anti-corruption bureau as one way of preventing future recurrence of the same.

On the other hand, Silver Strikers swiftly sacked Mwakasungula as the club’s Team Manager, immediately after FAM had officially confirmed his ban.

His attempt to appeal against FIFA’s ban hit a snag after failing to raise an appeal’s fee of 2.5 million kwacha. The Misa Malawi 2019 Sports Journalist of the year gong adds to Joy Ndovi’s awards filled shelf.

Meanwhile, the Sports Writers Association of Malawi SWAM has described Ndovi’s 2019 Sports Journalist of the Year gong from Misa Malawi as well deserved.

General Secretary Wesysylas Chirwa told SWAM that Joy is one of the country’s adored sports scribes who continue to inspire upcoming journalists in the industry.


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