Ngezi to honour players

HARARE – Ambitious Castle Lager Premiership side Ngezi Platinum Stars will tonight honour the club’s outstanding players for the just ended season.

Tonderai Ndiraya’s charges launched a sustained assault on the championship only to falter in the last stages of the season before settling for third place on the final standings behind eventual winners FC Platinum and second placed Dynamos.

For the better part of the season, the results had favoured the Ngezi Platinum miners and many had tipped them to walk-away with the title in their second year in the top flight league.

However, Ndiraya’s charges choked at the crucial stage after being held 2-2 at home by Chicken Inn before losing 2-1 to FC Platinum away at Mandava Stadium which eventually ended their title aspirations with only a game to go before the season ends.

But considering Ngezi Platinum Stars are only in their second year in the top flight finishing third was actually a fitting achievement for the club in a year they also represented the country in the Caf Confederation Cup where they were knocked out in the first round.

The platinum miners finished the campaign with 65 points seven behind winners FC Platinum and five behind Dynamos. A number of players are set to be rewarded in monetary terms this evening with eight awards in different categories up for grabs.

The club will honour the Player of the Year, an award which is likely to be a tight contest between midfielder Tichaona Mabvura, defender Qadr Amini and striker Terrence Dzvukamanja, who all made it on the Soccer Stars of Year list.

Mabvura was arguably the reason why Ngezi Platinum launched a sustained assault on the Castle Lager Premiership title before finishing in third place.

The midfielder was the heartbeat of Tonderai Ndiraya’s team this season in which he finished with seven goals and assists 13.

The former Dynamos midfielder’s absence in the last three matches of the season due to family bereavement was hugely felt as the team failed to cope up.

Roving left Back Amini also played an instrumental part in Ngezi Platinum’s charge with assurance performance at the back while also chipped in with some important goals and assists.

Dzvukamanja had an outstanding season as well in which he combined up front with Mabvura to form a deadly partnership. Dzvukamanja’s progress was however hampered by a bad injury which kept him on the sidelines for some time but his contributions were enough to Ngezi cause.

The club is also set to recognise the Most Loyal Player, Most Disciplined Player, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Most Promising Young Player of the Year among other awards.

The players will also have a chance to choose their best player, who would be crowned the Players’ Player of the Year.