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MBABANE – The country’s best were left out in the final nominees of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) 2019.

The RASA gala is scheduled to be hosted in Windhoek, Namibia at Safari Court Hotel on May 25. The country was due to be represented by 10 of the national sports awardees whose names were all submitted by the Eswatini Sport and Recreation Council (ESRC).


They include sportsperson of the year, boxer Zweli Dlamini, sportswomen of the year, high jumper Erikah Seyama and sports man of the year Sibusiso ‘Swazi Bolt’ Matsenjwa. ESRC Media Officer Dumisani Ntiwane confirmed yesterday that they received a correspondence from Region V and no athletes form the country that made it through to the top three.

“Yes, it is true we have received the correspondence from the AUSC Region with regard the RASA nominees. It is a pity that none of our entrants have made the shortlist but we remain very proud of our winners in the National Sports Awards.

“We will soldier on. This is not a setback but rather a learning curve. We are optimistic that as a country We will fare better next time. Our athletes and coaches should not despair,” Ntiwane said.      


The event, which will be celebrated under the theme, ‘Celebrating Excellence, Inspiring Innovation’ is expected to attract about 250 invited guests and dignitaries, including ministers of sport from all 10 Region 5 member countries, legends and sports celebrities from across the region.

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