Moyo thrilled for clinching first runner-up award

HARARE - FC Platinum defender Kelvin Moyo has expressed his joy at being named this year’s first runner-up at the Soccer Stars Awards last week.

“As a player you always hope for the best. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I am sure the winner Rodwell (Chinyengetere) deserved it. We play in the same team and he did well for the team in helping us win the league title,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“But I don’t think it was about me or Roddy alone I think it was about the whole team. We played as a team and I give credit to all my teammates as well as my coach Norman Mapeza who gave me the opportunity to express myself freely.

“I also want to thank the club for affording me an opportunity to represent them. I think I did well throughout the season.

“Being the first runner-up I think it’s a good thing and it will push me to work even harder next season maybe to be in the first XI again or even win it.”

Moyo was with no doubt one of the most consistent players for FC Platinum in a punishing defence that only conceded 15 goals through-out the campaign.

Apart from being outstanding at the back Moyo also contributed with important assists that led the platinum miners to lift their maiden title.

“And with FC Platinum now set to play in the Caf Champions League, Moyo knows this is his only chance to market himself outside the country.

“Now I want to focus on the champions league. You never know you can be scouted,” he said.

“These are the types of tournaments that enable you to market yourself to outside teams. Of course my goal is to play outside the country one day be it South Africa or in Europe and the competition affords me with an opportunity to market myself by representing my club well.”

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has since revealed his intentions to conclude their transfer business early as they seek to assemble a formidable side ahead of the 2018 African Champions League deadline this month.

The platinum miners will represent Zimbabwe in next year’s Champions League after winning their maiden Castle Lager Premiership title.

Mapeza wants to secure all his transfer targets ahead of the Caf player registration deadline which falls on December 31.

Defender Lawrence Mhlanga, who was subjected to a protracted wrangle between Pure Platinum Play and Chicken Inn, could finally be available to play for the Zvishavane-based side after spending the entire 2017 season in the terraces.