'Deco' revels in glory

HARARE - Gritty Warriors midfielder and Chicken Inn skipper Danny “Deco” Phiri — who was crowned the country’s best player last Friday — is targeting more silverware and awards before he retires.

Phiri was voted the Soccer Star of The Year on Friday after guiding the Gamecocks to their maiden league championship in topflight football.



He was ahead of Dynamos defender Ocean Mushure and Highlanders striker Knox Mtizwa who were adjudged first and second runners-up, respectively.

“I am very happy to win this top award. This award is not for me only but the whole Chicken Inn family,” Phiri told the Daily News.

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

“I also think this award will motivate me to win more accolades in my career as a footballer and to me this is the start of good things to come in future.”

Phiri was impressive in both the Warriors and Chicken Inn jerseys — making light work of the field of other players for this year’s football’s top individual award.

And he was not surprised by his team’s dominance at the awards gala.

“As Chicken Inn, I think we deserved to have the highest number of accolades this season. We worked hard throughout the season. There was unity in the team; players were fighting for each other that’s why we won the league title.
“I think we did well this season, it was a job well done taking into consideration our last season’s performance,” Phiri told the Daily News.

Chicken Inn had their coach Joey Antipas named the Coach of the Year while providing four players to the soccer stars’ calendar.

They provided the highest number of players on the calendar in goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze, striker Edmore Chirambadare, midfielders Phiri and Clement Matawu.

Antipas guided a modest Chicken Inn to their first league title since they joined the top flight league in 2011.

Chicken Inn finished the league with 60 points four ahead of Dynamos who settled for the second position after dominating the local league for four straight years.

Antipas, who also won the title with the now-defunct Motor Action, has a big chance of winning a rare league and cup double.

The former Arcadia United defender on Saturday took his side to the final of the Easycall Cup when the Gamecocks flew past CAPS United in a tie marred by crowd violence at Barbourfields Stadium which saw two of his players at the receiving end of the visitors’ thuggish supporters.

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AMHLOPHE MAFANA, INTO ENHLE IYABUKWA.

KHUMBU - 9 December 2015

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