Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) has named Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves’ mentor Enos Chatama best coach in the 2021 ThumbsUp SRFA League Premier Division.
Under his guidance, Reserves won the league title after registering nine wins, three draws and a loss.
The team, which came from behind to beat 10-man Sable Farming 3-1 in ThumbsUp final last week, also grabbed the inaugural PowerStart Tayale Cup this season.
However, during prize presentation on Thursday, SRFA chairperson Raphael Humba said the coach deserved the accolade not only because he steered Reserves to ultimate glory, but also that he did it with style.
“The league was very entertaining this season partly because of how Reserves played. That could not have happened if it were not for the unique technical capabilities of the coach,” he said.
On his part, Chatama said he was humbled to be the first coach to win the award.
“This is a great motivation to me and the entire technical panel of Reserves,” he said.
In other individual awards, Reserves striker Patrick Mwaungulu got the Golden Boot with 15 goals while Staffordshire FC director Doreen Mangulama was named the league’s most dedicated personality.
Immigration FC were named the most disciplined team.
Media awards saw Solomon Manda (Nation Publications Limited) winning in print category while Yasin Limu (TV Islam) and Richard Tiyesi (Timveni) did it in the television and online categories, respectively.
Nelson Chigwenembe (Ufulu FM) and Austin Muliyekha (Mzati) were joint winners in radio section.
Bullets received K2.5 million as the second-tier league champions while runners-up Sable Farming FC got K1.5 million.
Third-placed Blantyre City FC received K1 million whereas Changalume Barracks FC got K500 000 as fourth-positioned team.