Sande went away with a trophy, certificate, and MK1 million cash besides being offered a month long foreign trip to China after being voted the 2017 innovator in the sport categories.
Mandele said Sande deserved the award through the work he did in renovating Machinga Community ground to the extent that it is now being actively used by a lot of people, especially the youth, for sporting activities.
“The community ground has improved because of his good work. We now have a good ground which can attract many to participate in different sporting activities. In so doing, people’s health status will improve and eventually they will participate in the development of this district,” he said.
The DC then called on other people to emulate the good example set by Sande, saying for development to prevail, there is need for people to be passionate and dedicated.
The 2017 MBC innovation award winner said he was very happy to have won the award which he said had motivated him to do more.
Sande said the award has exposed him to a lot of people who matter in society such as the Inspector General of Police and the District Commissioner.
He further said maintenance of Machinga community ground has seen the ground hosting the Presidential Initiative on Sports for the Southern Region athletics track and field championship for the past three consecutive years.
Sande, who works as a police officer at Machinga Police Station, said he plans to construct what he described as ‘a mini stadium’ at the ground.
He said apart from working as a Police Officer, he believes in supporting the community with sports activities.
“Sport is a catalyst for development because sports people are healthy and active when it comes to development. With sports, the youth are able to refrain from participating in harmful activities,” he said.
He, therefore, urged people in general and the youth in particular to participate in sports regularly.
Sande is currently managing a youth Kasupe athletic club.
He said some club members have won medals at international athletic competitions like COSAFA 2017 in Harare Zimbabwe.
“We have Presca Makumba, a 13 year old who won a gold medal in 2017 during the COSAFA competition. We also have a 16 year old Susan Adam who won a bronze medal on 1500 metres Junior Olympic Games on October 14, 2017 at Bingu stadium,” Sande said.