Masomere tips Dauda

HARARE - Dynamos' stranglehold on the Soccer Star of the Year award is under threat with ZPC Kariba defender Dennis Dauda tipped for this this years’ award.

For the past three years, the Glamour Boys have provided the country’s finest footballer of the season, having lifted the Castle Premiership title during that period.

Washington Arubi, now with South Africa club University of Pretoria, was crowned the best player in 2011 while Denver Mukamba, who also moved to South Africa, was the best the following year after shrugging off stiff competition from Masimba Mambare and Ronald Chitiyo.

Midfielder Tawanda Muparati was the third Dynamos player in three years to be crowned after walking away with the award last year. 

Football writers, coaches and club captains met in the capital last month and came up with 11 players who are the finalists for this year’s Soccer Stars of the Year and now the best player awaits the crowning moment on Friday at a banquet set for Cresta Lodge.

Among those standing on firm ground to take over from Muparati include ZPC Kariba’s Dennis Dauda, who How Mine coach Luke Masomere believes was a cut above the rest.

“I won’t be surprised if a ZPC Kariba player wins the award,” Masomere told the Daily News yesterday.

“Their goalkeeper too (Tendai Hove) can be a Soccer Star of the year. Even Limited Chikafa, they played well those guys. All things being equal, I see one of them winning the award.

“I have my favourite players who I want to see winning, but Dauda had a decent season. He featured in almost every game for ZPC and he was consistent. He deserves the top award.”

Calm and calculated is one of the terms to describe Dauda, whose performance this season almost handed ZPC Kariba the league title in their first year in the Premiership.

ZPC Kariba were left heartbroken after handing Dynamos the title right on the last day of the season to mark what would have been a remarkable debut season.

Needing a draw to secure the title, ZPC lost 3-2 to CAPS United with Dynamos beating How Mine 2-0 across town, enough for the Glamour Boys to seal it four times in a row.

But Dauda has been an unsung hero in the heart of ZPC’s defence, commanding his area with ingenuity.

ZPC Kariba’s Pride Tafirenyika would have been a good choice for Soccer Star of the Year, but was ineligible for selection after picking up six yellow cards.

At the same ceremony, the Rookie of the Year will also be unveiled and Dynamos right back Blessing Moyo is among the top favourites to win the award.

The Coach of the Year will also be announced on the day with Saul Chaminuka and Calisto Pasuwa set to go head to head. Goalkeeper of the Year, the Most Disciplined Team of the Year and the Top Goalscorer of the Year are also some of the awards set to be given away.

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