Sports journalists across the country are holding their nerves as announcement looms for the 2012 Standard Bank Knockout Trophy media awards.
At stake for each best electronic and print media sports journalist is a fully sponsored trip to South Africa next January to chronicle the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which bridges the switching of the competition from an even to an odd year.
The next Nations Cup finals will take place in 2015.
In a statement released on Thursday, the bankâ€™s head of marketing Linda Kachingwe-Sisya said judging of entries in the bankâ€™s media competition is underway â€œand results are expected in a weekâ€™s time.â€
â€œLet me take this opportunity to thank sports journalists for their keen interest in both the 2012 Standard Bank Cup season and the media competition. As for the judging panel, it is working independently to ensure fairness in its final decisions and choice. In a weekâ€™s time, all results should be in and we will announce them accordingly,â€ she said.
The judging panel comprises Levi Zeleza Manda, senior lecturer in Journalism at the Polytechnic and a regular newspaper columnist, Mabvuto Kapyepye, managing director of Mlambe Consulting firm, who is also a former columnist and media rights advocate and Arthur Nanthuru, a lawyer and Chief Legal Aid Advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
On the pitch, Mighty Wanderers beat Silver Strikers 2-0 to lift the Standard Bank Knockout Trophy at Silver Stadium on October 6.