Sam Muripo provides the Ansa

HARARE – Karateka Samson Muripo capped a fine year by being crowned Sports Person of the Year at the Annual National Sports Awards (Ansa) held at a local hotel last night.

Muripo won the country’s biggest sporting accolade after winning the Sports Man of the Year award ahead of fellow Kareteka Brian Chiringa in second and golfer Nyasha Machazana who settled for third place.

Samson Muripo

Samson Muripo (left)

Bodybuilder, Helen Costa Sinclair, the 2016 Sports Person of the Year was a step away from completing a memorable double after bagging the Sportswoman of the Year where she relegated to second place athletics star Rutendo Nyahora and fellow bodybuilder Selina Manuel who came third.

The night however, belonged to Muripo, a world champion who won the 3rd International So-Kyokushin Karate Tournament in Iran, in February before he went on to earn a new title, Shihan.

The award becomes his maiden Ansa Sports Person of the Year having been nominated for the first time in 2009 but failed to make the grade and made a huge leap towards landing the bigger prize in 2013 where he was the Sportsman of the Year.

South African-based tennis ace Mehluli Sibanda also scored big on the night after walking away with the Junior Sports Person of the Year.

2017 ANNUAL NATIONAL SPORT AWARDS WINNERS

1.    Junior Sports Woman of the Year

Position 1 Tanyaradzwa Muzinda 

Position 2 Holly Bicknell

Position 3 Emily Tariro Jones                       

2.    Junior Sports Man of the Year

Position 1 Mehluli Don Sibanda

Position 2 Chengetayi Mapaya                    

Position 3 Terence Liam O’Hara                 

3. Junior Sports Woman of the Year with a Disability

Position 1 Siphosami Moyo   

Position 2 Pelagia Chidhakwa

Position 3 Elizabeth Matupe  

4.    Junior Sports Man of the Year with a Disability

Position 1  Edmore Solomon

Position 2 Raymond Nyati

Position 3 Munorwei  Chakanyuka  

5. Sports Woman of the Year with a Disability

Position 1 Margaret Bangajena  

Position 2 Thandiwe Ndlovu    

Position 3 Ratidzo Tomu    

6.    Sports Man of the Year with a Disability

Position 1 Elford Moyo       

Position 2 Samson Muroyiwa   

Position 3 Michael Mudyanadzo 

7.    Sports Woman of the Year

Position 1 Helen Costa Sinclair   

Position 2 Rutendo Nyahora    

Position 3 Selina Manuel      

8.    Sports Man of the Year

Position 1 Samson Muripo

Position 2 Brian Chiringa      

Position 3 Nyasha Machaza

9.    Team of the Year

Position 1 Zimbabwe Rugby Sevens (Cheetahs)


Position 2  Zimbabwe Cricket Team(Chevrons)

Position 3 Kenneth Raynor & Keegan Smith

10.  Coach of the Year

Position 1 Gilbert Nyamutsamba

Position 2 Heath Hilton Streak

Position 3 Kristine Johnson                                       

11.  Technical Official of the Year

Position 1 Annie Joyce Muchenu

Position 2  Patrick Mukondiwa

Position 3 Agnes Chiroodza                                      

12.  Sports Administration of the Year

Position 1 Zim Aquatic Union                                 

Position 2   Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation

Position 3 Rowing Association of Zimbabwe

13.  Sports Development of the Year

Position 1 Zimbabwe Karate Union

Postion 2 Zimbabwe Ladies Golf

Position 3 Equestrian Zimbabwe

14.  Women and Sports Award

Position 1 Lorna Margaret Riley

Position 2 Leticia Chipandu

Postion 3 Rosemary Mugadza

15.  Special Acknowledgement award

Walter Magaya

ZBC

Mashonaland West Province

Good Governance Acknowledgement

Rowing Association of Zimbabwe

Triathlon Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Archery Association

Zimbabwe Equestrian Federation

Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union

Zimbabwe Karate Union

Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee

Zimbabwe Aquatic Union

16.  Junior Sports Person of the Year

Mehluli Don Sibanda

17.  Sports Person of the year

Samson Muripo