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Copper Queens nominated for RASA awards

The Zambia Women’s National Team has been nominated for the 2023 African Union Sports Council Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA). 

The World Cup bound team will battle it out with scorchers of Malawi and the Botswana 4×400 relay team for the accolade.

The Copper Queens have been on an upward trajectory in the last few years winning bronze at the 2022 WAFCON, winning COSAFA and qualifying to the World Cup. 

ZNBC Sports Reporter Memory Malisawa, , Swimmer Jade Phiri, Footballer (With Disability) Ivy Chanda & William Chinzewe (Draought) have  also been nominated for Africa Union Council of Sports Region 5 Annual Awards.

Eight of the Region 5 Member Countries (with the exception of Angola and Lesotho) entered nominees for the 2023 RASA edition.   

The awards are made up of 12 categories to recognise athletes, coaches, Member Countries, Regional Confederations, journalists and teams that have produced outstanding performances in sport at regional and international level. 

Winners of ten of these categories will be selected through a voting process with the confederation of the year and country of the year being selected through an adjudication panel.  

This year’s panel is scheduled to sit on Tuesday 13 June 2023 in Gaborone, Botswana and comprises of Mr. Charles Dzimba, the former SCSA Zove VI General Manager (Now AUSC Region 5) Mr. Gideon Sam, the former Chairperson of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and Mrs. Miriam Moyo, the former President of the Zambia National Olympic Committee and current Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice President for Africa.  

The fifth edition of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA)is scheduled to be hosted in Eswatini on Saturday 24 June 2023.

The event which will be celebrated under the theme, “Celebrating Excellence, Inspiring Innovation” is expected to attract about three hundred (300) invited guests and dignitaries, including six ministers of sport from Region 5 Member Countries, legends and sports celebrities from across the Region.

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