Ngezi Platinum host awards

HARARE - Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year finalist Liberty Chakoroma is set for another big moment as Ngezi Platinum Stars host their club’s end of season awards tomorrow night.

Ngezi had a memorable debut season in the top flight league winning the Chibuku Super Cup trophy as well as finishing in a respectable seventh place.

Tomorrow’s awards are scheduled for Ngezi Dinner with eight categories namely Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Most Disciplined Player, Most Improved, Top Goal Scorer, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Young Player and the Most Loyal Player set to be honoured.

Chakoroma will battle for the top gong of Players’ Player of the Year against enterprising winger Donald Teguru, who also had a stellar season.

Chakoroma however, has an upper hand by virtue of him being voted among the best 11 players in the top flight in the just-ended season.

Midfielder James Ngulube is the only one assured to walk away with a gong heading into the awards night and will claim the Top Goal Scorer’s award following his five goals.

The Most Loyal Player will be a tussle among the trio of Innocent Sokosi, Daniel Kamunenga and Davison Tavari.

Ngezi coach Tonderai Ndiraya, who will lead his side in the African Confederation Cup next year, described the season as a fairy tale.

“It was a fairy tale season, our sole goal was to survive relegation which we did but I think it took many by surprise how the team managed to survive and also went on to win the Chibuku Super Cup. It was something that wasn’t expected by the community and the nation at large,” Ndiraya told the Daily News yesterday.

“I think it boiled down to hard work and most importantly self-belief. From the onset the players believed it could be done (surviving relegation) and to win silverware in the ended season was a befitting recognition for all the hours of hard work everyone at the club from the management to the team invested in.”

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