ZAMBIAN sprinter Kennedy Luchembe says he is happy that the hard work and commitment of 2018 paid off.
Speaking after he was awarded the “Junior Sportsman” of the year in the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) held in Namibia on Saturday, Luchembe said it was a great achievement.
“… and thanks to my coach Felix Mbuye, who has been working with me since I started, and thanks to all the coaches who have helped me in so many ways including the Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development through the Podium Performance Programme,” he said, according to the Podium Performance programme.
Luchembe was in the same category with Blessings Kamanga (Chess) from Malawi and Ryan Gwidzima (Squash) from Zimbabwe.
Monica Munga is another Zambian who was nominated in the Sportswoman of the year with Disability category but did not win.
Meanwhile, Zambia was also awarded as the Country of the Year AUSC Region 5 award for its outstanding performance in the implementation of the Podium Performance Programme, SEAS and region 5 strategic plan.
The award was received by sports minister Moses Mawere who was accompanied by Director of Sports in the ministry Bessie Chelemu and National Sports Council of Zambia acting general secretary Raphael Mulenga.