Thunders player Ken Kasasi from Blantyre has been voted Best Men Volleyball Player for 2020.
Kasasi falls in the shoes of Prisca Mankhasu from Kamuzu Barracks who
was voted Best in the Women side.
The competition was conducted by Volleyball Malawi, an Online Magazine
created by volleyball fans with the aim of promoting volleyball in
Malawi with the motto, “From The Fans, For The Fans”-Exclusive of
The winners were identified through voting that the volleyball fans conducted.
The total figure of the fans that submitted their best players’ nominations is 60.
Each fan had to present three names and Mankhasu in the women category and Kasisi in the men category earned more
Speaking in an interview on his recognition, Kasasi said he is humbled and that he did not expect the win with much young talent out there.
“I am actually humbled. I did not expect it with so much young talent and to still be able to be fans favourite. I know I can make it in Top-5 but number one that’s something else. It is uplifting feeling,” he said.
Kasasi 32 is not mistaken identity for the recognition, he has won quiet a lot of individual awards.
The recent is 2019 Raiply National Volleyball Championship Most Valuable Player (MVP) individual award.
He has been the MVP in two National Tournaments in 2017; Airtel and Raiply National Tournaments.
Thunders Volleyball Club team manager Chindikani Chirwa said Kasasi crown is a motivation to the entire squad.
“This is something that we are all proud of. It is motivation to the
entire squad,” he said.
On second position was Wanangwa Mzumala from Moyale Barracks while Christopher Phiri from Mipuniro Spikers occupied third slot.
Each of the Top-10 players gets a Mikasa Volleyball Key Chain courtesy of Phatafuli Sports Shop, the leading supplier of original Mikasa Volleyballs, Original Fox Forty Whistles and related Mikasa Volleyball Materials across Malawi.
In his remark, Phatafuli Sports Shop managing director Yakobe Chabambo said they find it relevant to give out prizes to winners as way of giving back to the communities they operate their business.
“It is important that we raised the morale to those who play volleyball by providing such prizes. As we operate our various businesses, it wise we give back to the communities,” he said.
Volleyball Association of Malawi (VAM) general secretary Jairosi Nkhoma said the initiative of recognizing exceptional talents signifies how active the sport is in the country.
“This is good initiative that will go a long way in motivating players
to work so hard and improve their skills. Apart from that, this is a
mark to prove that volleyball is improving in the country,” he said.