Sport journalists have been urged to carry out their duties professionally without fear or favour to preserve the integrity of the games.

This was said during the Sports Journalists Association Northern region (SPOJA-N) awards ceremony held in the capital last night (Friday) in recognition of sports journalists who were exceptional in their coverage of sports news this year.

Sport journalists from different media houses were recognised for their exceptional reporting of sport news.

Guest speaker former Warriors and Dynamos midfielder who is also the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe president Desmond “Gazza” Maringwa urged sport journalists to be professional in  discharge of duty with veteran sportscaster Steve Vickers also weighing in encouraging responsible reporting and professionalism.

Winners of the SPOJA-N awards could not hide their joy and attributed the accolades to teamwork and hard work.

In multimedia category Tongai Mwenje of Sportsbrief walked away with $200 cash, in video and photography the prize money went to Wilson Katurira of Zimpapers online.

In print and electronic, accolades went to Langton Nyakwenda of Sunday Mail while Yvonne Mangunda of Star FM walked away with the prize money respectively, courtesy of Zimplats, Hammer and Tongues and Africabet.

The event also witnessed journalists who successfully completed the Zifa Level 1 football coaching course this year being handed certificates and among them were ZBC News sport presenters Ian Zvoma and Skilder Makona.

SPOJA-N was formed in 2016 with the objective of promoting good image of journalists as well as honouring those who would have performed well during the course of year.