Former Big Bullets and Flames defender, Patrick Falawo, was named best sportsperson and 2014 Players’ Player of the Year in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 32-year-old, who plays for Blackpool FC in Cape Town, becomes the first South Africa-based Malawian to win the award which was established last year and is decided by fans.
“I owe it to all the people who voted for me and to my country, Malawi.
“I won the award because of the people who voted for me. So it is my honour to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
He also thanked his coach and teammates at Blackpool for allowing him to play in the Championship League and other important games that they won.
At Chilomoni Rangers, Falawo was nicknamed Pepsi before he moved to Big Bullets.
According to Falawo, the award was established by the Provincial of Cape Town to motivate grass roots footballers and fans.
Falawo, who beat two other contestants, is overjoyed to have been the inaugural winner and said although the award is mainly for the Cape Town Province, the recognition goes beyond the other provinces and the respect is embraced by other players.
“This trophy is going to give me more inspiration to up my game so that I can keep having great performances,” said Falawo who was congratulated by the Premier of the Cape Town Province.