Phiri out of Soccer Stars selection

BULAWAYO - Premiership log leaders Chicken Inn captain Danny “Deco” Phiri will not be considered for the Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year award after picking up four yellow cards and a red card.

Phiri has been one of the influential figures in the Gamecocks’ charge towards their first league title this season and was a sure bet to be among the 11 best players this season.

The midfield enforcer is no longer eligible due to the rules and regulations of the end of season awards.

According to the rules, a player who receives six yellow cards or two red cards is not eligible for selection.

Phiri was shown his fourth yellow card of the season by referee Philani Ncube during Wednesday’s top-of-the-table clash against FC Platinum at Luveve Stadium.

“We are used to all this, so it’s not a big deal after all,” Phiri told the Daily News.

“One thing for real is one cannot avoid it simply because getting yellow and red cards is part of the game.

“I’d rather get a yellow card trying to defend my team than not and the team loses at the end of the day.”

Phiri added: “I never thought of it, in fact I never had that time to think about it as the game was still on. I was only told by the coach afterwards that I was no longer in contention for the soccer star of the year award and that never troubled me.”

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was full of praise for his captain for the way he has led from the front this season.

“He puts his body on the line for the team so I have no complaints for Deco because he is the captain, he is inspirational and is a leader,” said Antipas.

“It’s unfortunate that he is out of the running for this year’s soccer stars because of the rules.”

Comments (4)

these cards should b considered in conjuction with one's position coz defensive midfielders a bound to accumulate more cards

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profashaf - 2 November 2015

Danny you are a star and that quality can never be taken away by any color of a card. I am a Caps supporter for life but Danny Phiri you are my Zimbabwean Star.

Africanson - 8 November 2015

danny is one of the greatest midfieder in zimbabwe, after gidiza and katsande, zim loves u danny keep it up

gda - 12 November 2015

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