Malawi National Netball Team Technical Director, Griffin Saenda, has received Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Innovative Sports Personality of the Year award.
Saenda, who led the Queens to a first ever third place finish at this year’s Fast Five World Netball Series, received K3 million at a function held on Friday night at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
The ceremony was graced by President Peter Mutharika, who also hosted the Queens at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre last week.
On top of the monetary prizes, Saenda also got a one month all expenses paid trip to China.
“I am really humbled and happy that people have started recognising my contributions to netball. I am dedicating this award to my family and all the netball fans in the country,” he said.
Saenda was appointed to take charge of the Queens for the Fast Five tournament hosted by Australia and proved his worth by winning bronze after beating big teams like Jamaica and England.
He has also transformed Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) side Kukoma Diamonds into a team that is now winning all competitions on offer locally.
The team staged a successful defence of the Presidential Cup on December 10 in Lilongwe to add to the Airtel Money and GOtv trophies.
Saenda is also on course to lead the team to the championship of the SRNL Rainbow Paints League where it is yet to lose a match and has taken a commanding lead.
Saenda is also credited with grooming the Australia-based star into a world class netballer whose shooting skills are the envy of many.
The Kukoma Diamonds coach also won the Overall Innovator of the Year award to crown a great night for the game of netball.