Clean sweep for Chakoroma

HARARE - Ngezi Platinum Stars captain Liberty Chakoroma was the biggest winner during the side’s award gala held on Friday night at Baobab Hall.

The versatile centre back, who operated in central midfield for most parts in the just ended 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season, walked away with the two top gongs.

The former Buffaloes and Free State Stars defender first walked away with the Player’s Payer of the Year award which carried a prize of $500.

He went on to clinch the Player of the Year gong that came with floating trophy and a further $600.

It capped off a memorable night for Chakoroma, who was also voted amongst the 11 Castle Lager Soccer Stars for the 2016 season.

Chakoroma was a pillar of strength as Ngezi finished their debut season in the top flight in seventh place and were also crowned Chibuku Super Cup winners after defeating FC Platinum 3-1 in the final.

In the final, Chakoroma was colossal as he scored twice with some lovely finishes from just outside the box.

“I’m on top of the world at the moment after winning these two awards. I’m so happy. I never thought this would happen but I just worked hard throughout the season,” a beaming Chakoroma said.

“I would like to thank my teammates because they were always advising me on what to do on the pitch. I used their advice to improve my game.

“I hope to keep on improving my game next season since we will be playing in the African Safari.”        

Chakoroma hopes he has done enough in the just ended-season to warrant a recall to the national team by coach Kalisto Pasuwa.

“I’m looking forward to when the coach announces his squad for the Afcon finals because I think I have a chance of making the team,” he season.

“In 2016, I played very well for my team and Like any other player you always dream of playing for you national team at a big tournament like Afcon.”    

Ngezi winger Donald Teguru missed out on the main awards to Chakoroma but he did not go back home empty handed after lifting the Most Improved Player gong which carried a prize of $300.

“I wasn’t expecting to win anything during the awards,” Teguru said. “I struggled a bit to adjust to the tempo of the Premiership in the first half of the season.

“But in the second half, I pulled up my socks and my game improved a lot. Premier League football is not cheap. In Division One I used to have more space and even the coaching in the Premier League is very different.

“It’s all about tactics, the coaches are always trying different plays while in Division One, it was all about just going out there to play.”

Forward Innocent Sokosi was named the Most Loyal Player, defender Edgar Tapera the Most Disciplined Player, Rookie of the Year went to goalkeeper Nelson Chadya and Tatenda Mchisa won the Most Improved Young Player award. All these gongs carried a cash prize of $300.

James Nguluve walked away with the Golden Boot after netting five goals and won a cash prize of $400.

Confidence Beta walked away with the Supporter of the Year gong and $100.

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