CAPS Utd, FC Platinum dominate soccer stars list

HARARE - Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions CAPS United and runners-up FC Platinum dominate the 2016 Soccer Stars of the Year list selected yesterday.

The two teams provided three players each with the Soccer Star of the Year and his two runners-up set to be announced at a banquet slated for Friday in the capital.

High-riding CAPS United, still on a honeymoon after bagging the title, provided Leonard Tsipa, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzayi.

FC Platinum, who fell short of the championship by two points, found some consolation after Petros Mhari, Winston Mhango and Walter Musona managed to make it onto the calendar.

Former league champions Dynamos and Highlanders provided Godknows Murwira and Peter Muduhwa following the duo’s decent season.

Out-going champions Chicken Inn, who finished in fourth place, had former soccer star Clement Matawu on the list following his outstanding performance with the Gamecocks.

Seventh-placed Ngezi Platinum and Hwange, who finished 12th, had Liberty Chakoroma and Gift Mbweti respectively completing the list of top 11 stars for the just-ended season.

With the top 11 selected, CAPS United’s Zvirekwi and Tsipa are among the favourites to win the 2016 gong come Friday.

Zvirekwi and Tsipa are likely to face stiff competition from FC Platinum goalkeeper Mhari who had a stellar season in goals for the platinum miners.

The two Green Machine players were some of the stand-out performers in the Premiership and they helped their team win the championship after 11 years of no success.

CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe, who is highly-tipped to win the Coach of the Year award, said the season was very tough and it’s a huge recognition for all the players who managed to make it in the top 11.

“It’s good news for our club; we worked very hard, for the players they deserve this recognition, they put in maximum effort to make sure that the team finishes on top of the log,” Chitembwe said.

“I don’t want to single out any player in my team all players played very well for the whole season to me it was team work which helped us to be champions.”
Chitembwe added that all players who were selected yesterday deserve to win the top crown on Friday.

“For the Soccer Star of the Year, I think all players selected today deserve to win the top accolade. The season was very tough and for those who managed to make it on the top 11 list, it’s a big recognition to them.

“There was unity in the team, that’s why we managed to be consistent and this was a major factor which led us to win the league. I just want to attribute this success to proper planning as well as focus in the group and I think our pre-season helped us a lot in as far as winning this title is concerned.”
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza was happy with the inclusion of his players on the list.

“It’s not a consolation, as I always said we played good football this season, to finish on second position is a good achievement. I always said that this is a project and currently I am happy with the progress of our project,” Mapeza said.

“For next season — we don’t know what it has in store for us — anything can happen, we need to wait and see what will happen next season,” added Mapeza.
The voting was conducted by a panel of sports writers, coaches and club captains.

2016 Soccer Stars full list
Leonard Tsipa (CAPS United), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United), Ronald Pfumbidzayi (CAPS United), Gift Mbweti (Hwange), Peter Muduhwa (Highlanders), Godknows Murwira (Dynamos), Petros Mhari (FC Platinum), Winston Mhango(FC Platinum), Walter Musona (FC Platinum), Clement Matawu (Chicken Inn), Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum).

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.