BLANTYRE ( Malawi NewsNow) –A youthful 24 year old Mangochi Police United goalkeeper George Chauya
has been announced the winner of the 2016 Carlsberg Cup “Discovery of the tournament” award.
The confirmation was made through a statement released by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Thursday.
According to the statement, Chauya toppled a chart of 24 registered members of the Sports Writers of Malawi (SWAM) who were given the mandate to vote.
He received 15 votes representing a 63% winning rate.
Striker Collen Nkhulambe of Nyasa Big Bullets came second with six votes while three votes went to Prison United goalkeeper Luwindi John.
Chauya was impressive and outstanding through out the competition.
He kept a clean sheet in four games out of six guiding his team to the first ever major competition Semifinal slot.
On the road to the semifinals, the upcoming goalkeeper served penalties in his clubs three penalty shoot out victories against MDF Marine, Chikhwawa United and Wizards FC in the quarterfinals.
Chauya was outstanding in the semifinal encounter against giants Might Be Forward but he was substituted at half time after colliding with Wanderers striker Peter Wadabwa in the first half.
He also had a nightmare on his way to dressing before his substitution against Wanderers during half time break when alleged Wanderers supporters poured pork fats on him suspecting him of using Juju a following his outstanding perfomance during the match.
He denied ever using Juju but surprised many when he challenged the Nomads before the game that they will not score with him manning the posts.
Speaking after winning the Discovery of the tournament award, the Mangochi United goalkeeper who is next season set to join Super League side Blue Eagles said he is happy for the recognition.
“I am very happy to win this award. There were alot of young players who did well and for me to get the recognition is a big honour,” said Chauya.
He further said this is just the beginning and people should expect alot from him.
For emerging the winner, he received K200,000 and a trophy from sponsors Carlsberg Malawi Limited.
In other awards, Lawson Chilewe of Prison United and Daniel Dzinkambani of Ginnery Corner received a K100,000 each for finishing as joint top scorers with five goals apiece.