THE 16 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) team captains will this year take part in the selection process for the Soccer Star of the Year, the league’s chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele announced last night.
The same process will also be used for the monthly awards.
This follows an earlier decision by the sponsors of the league, Delta Beverages through their Castle Lager brand that they will continue to seek ways to improve the selection process which has often courted controversy.
Journalists have in the past been accused of voting in regional blocks, mainly the North and South.
Last year, Tawanda Muparati of Dynamos was named the Soccer Star of the Year, but it was met with mixed views with many feeling Harare City winger Silas Songani, who is now playing in Denmark, deserved the award.
The captains of all league teams will join their coaches (16), who have been part of the process for the last two years, and 30 journalists from both the print and electronic media in this year’s selection process, bringing the total to 52.
The number of journalists has been cut down and some organisations like Out Post have been excluded as they are monthly.
Weekly papers, save for Sunday Mail and Sunday News, have been given a slot each.
The two have two slots each like the rest of the dailies — NewsDay, Southern Eye, Chronicle, Daily News, H-Metro, Zimbabwe Mail and radio station, Star FM. Herald and ZBC have three slots each.