Dauda revels in glory

HARARE - ZPC Kariba defender Dennis Dauda was an elated man after he was crowned the 2014 Castle Soccer Star of the Year on Friday night in the capital.

Dauda came first while his teammates Tendai Hove and Limited Chikafa were crowned the first and second runners-up respectively at a colourful ceremony.

The Kariba-based side, who were making their Premiership debut last season, completed a clean sweep of the accolades after their gaffer Saul Chaminuka was named the Coach of the Year.

ZPC Kariba had a memorable debut season as they cruelly lost the championship to Dynamos on the last day of the season after losing 3-2 to CAPS United.

“To tell the truth I am very happy to win this top award,” Dauda told the Daily News on Sunday.

“I think its hard work that has seen me getting to where I’m today. Also discipline and commitment have been my strengths.”

The former Bindura United defender said the death of his mother in August this year motivated him to work hard.

“The death of my mother was one of the major factors which drove me to work very hard for my own life,” he said.

“At first it negatively affected me but after some counselling I regained my strength which helped me a lot.”

Dauda said they are negotiations currently underway for him to secure a lucrative deal with a foreign club.

“My manager Edzai Kasinauyo is working on something if everything goes well, I will be not playing for ZPC Kariba next season,” revealed.

“But right now there is no big issue to talk about concerning the deal. Currently I’m still a ZPC Kariba player and I’m happy with everything that I have achieved at the club.

“If I remain at my current club next season I want to remain consistent, obviously I will be also aiming to be crowned Soccer Star of the Year again next year.

A lot of talk has been made about the fact that ZPC did not win any major silverware but they were able to complete a clean sweep at the awards.

“I think we deserved to win the four important awards because there was unity in our camp for the whole season,” Dauda said.

“I want to thank my goalkeeper Tendai Hove, who is also the captain, he always encourages us thus enabling us to remain focused.

Before joining ZPC Kariba two seasons ago, the former Mbizo High School pupil had played for DStv Rangers, Bindura’s Sporting Manhenga, Chitungwiza United and Super Dynamo.

Hove, who won many awards at the event namely the goalkeeper of the year and first runner up award was also delighted with his achievements.

“It’s an honour to win three different awards at one event, I am glad that my efforts have finally been recognised. For the past years I did not have time to play in the top flight league as I was busy with academic studies,” he said.

“When the season started I didn’t expect to win all this but I worked very hard for the whole season.

“I want to thank our goalkeeper’s coach Tembo Tshuma he helped me to be a good goalkeeper but generally I also want to thank the whole team.”

Comments (1)

weldone guys, buy history teaches us that smaller teams that challenge for honors get relegared soon after.yo awards are water under bridge,start focusing on 2015 and work extra hard.

tonderai marime - 15 December 2014

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