The sponsors of Carlsberg Cup have recognized Mangochi Police FC’s goalkeeper, George Chauya, as the 2016 Cup Discovery award.
Chauya becomes the fourth keeper in a row to win the award that comes with a K200, 000 prize money and a trophy, courtesy of Carlsberg Malawi Limited.
Chauya topped the poll of 24 sports journalists affiliated to Sports Writers Association (Swam) with 63 percent of the vote (15), comfortably ahead of Nyasa Big Bullets’ striker, Collen Nkhulambe (six) and Prison United goalkeeper, Moses Luwindi John (three)
The 24-year-old Mangochi keeper was the architect of the Premier Division team’s fairytale run to the Carlsberg Cup semifinal as he kept four clean sheets in six games.
Chauya rose to fame during the semifinal match against eventual winners, Be Forward Wanderers, as his top performance frustrated Nomads to a goalless first half.
He was substituted at half-time due to an injury after colliding with Wanderers’ striker, Peter Wadabwa, and Mangochi eventually lost 1-0.
“I am very happy to win this award. There were a lot of young players who did well, and it is a big honour for me to get the recognition. This is just the beginning. I look forward to playing in the Super League next season,” said Chauya, who is set to join Blue Eagles FC in January.
Chauya commented on the Wanderers’ game in which the hosts’ fans poured pork soup on him at Kamuzu Stadium during half-time due to juju beliefs.
“Wanderers would not have scored if I was still in goals. That match would have been decided by post-match penalties. I was at the hospital when Wanderers scored and I cried a lot like a baby,” he added.
The previous winners were Moyale Barracks’ goalkeeper, Juma Chikwenga (2015), Francis Mwambo of Zomba United (2014) and the inaugural winner was Kamuzu Barracks’ stopper, Lemani Nthala (2013).
In other individual awards, Daniel Dzinkambani of Ginnery Corner and Lawson Chilewe of Prison United were joint top scorers with five goals each and they received K100,000 each.