Majarira rules the roost

HARARE - Blessing Majarira capped a fine season for himself when he was crowned Herentals’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards ceremony held on Saturday evening at their Chitungwiza campus.

Majarira has been a revelation for the Students with consistent performances as he chipped in with some crucial goals that saw them clinch promotion into the top flight league with seven matches to go.

The 26-year-old’s form for the Students saw him being included in the Warriors squad that went on to lift the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa in June.

And Majarira, who is also the club’s current top goal-scorer with 16 goals, four matches before the season ends, received $1 500 for his efforts and a floating trophy.

Utility player William Kapamba was voted the club’s Hardworking Player as well as the Most Loyal Player.

For his efforts Kapamba was rewarded with a $1 000 cheque.

Veteran attacking midfielder Innocent Benza, who is also the club’s co-owner with his twin brother Gerald, picked up Players’ Player of the Year first runner-up award, a fitting achievement for a 45-year-old.

Blessing Maunganidze won the Most Outstanding Player award which carried a cheque of $500.

The Rookie of the Year award went to Tinotendaishe Benza, who captained the Young Warriors at the Cosafa Under-17 Youth Championships in Mauritius this year. He walked away with $500.

There were also awards for Archwell Majarira (Second runner-up for the Players’ Player of the Year), Brighton Majarira (Most Improved Player) while Carlos Mavhurume and Denzel Chimwemwe were both named Signings of the Year. All these awards carried a $500 cheque.

Kudakwashe Magama walked away with the Goalkeeper of the Year gong and Peter Chota was voted the Most Disciplined Player.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Benza reaffirmed the side’s desire to maintain their Premiership status for many years to come.

“I have been telling all those who wish to listen that we are not here to return to Division One. We will not be going back there,” he said.

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