Zifa Central Region will on Saturday night host an awards banquet to honour top performers in its 2010 inaugural season, with new Premiership side Mimosa favourites to clinch the Team of the Year award ahead of Chapungu, who finished the season in second place.
The Sportswriters’ Association of Zimbabwe (Central Region Chapter) met on Wednesday evening to select, in a secret ballot the season’s best performers.
Mimosa’s top marksman Donald Ngoma was considered for selection for the Player of the Season award despite torching controversy in his identity and age alteration escapades.
He will contend with team-mate veteran Godfrey Dondo, Chapungu’s Brighton Mugoni, Dynamos reject Aleck Marime of Gweru Pirates and Hardbody’s Moses Jackson for the ultimate honour.
Championship-winning coach Jairos Tapera will tussle with Pirates’ Peter Manoti and Mark Mathe who was behind McInn’s rejuvenation, in the Coach of the Year section. Glovemen vying for the season’s best goalkeeper honour are Pirates’ Elvis Chipezeze, Mimosa’s Nengomasha Muranganwa, who conceded the least number of goals, and Moses Mudzingwa of Chapungu
Central Region boss Patrick Hokonya yesterday said the awards night would go a long way in motivating clubs and players to up their performance this season.
“We would like to promote great competition within our region so honouring all those who performed well will definitely increase the level of contest this season. It is always good to recognise the hard work of those who excelled and I believe they will be encouraged to do even better in future,” said Hokonya.
He revealed the awards would be bankrolled by a sponsor who has preferred to remain anonymous but the region was yesterday still to come up with the actual prize monies for the award recipients.