DANNY “Deco” Phiri has been crowned Soccer Star of the Year at a function in Harare, to cap a fine season where he guided his Chicken Inn side to Castle Lager Premier Soccer League glory.
The 26-year-old midfielder beat off strong competition from Dynamos’ Ocean Mushure and Highlanders’ Knox Mutizwa, who were named first and second runners- up respectively.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was named the Coach of the Season, reward for leading his team to their first-ever championship since promotion four years ago.
The team’s goalkeeper, Elvis Chipezeze, got the Goalkeeper of the Season award, as the GameCocks dominated the podium.
Mutizwa missed on the top gong, but received a consolation with the Golden Boot Award after topping the scoring charts with 14 goals at the end of the season.
Dynamos goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva was named the Most Promising Player under the age of 20, to make up for his miss in the Goalkeeper of the Season award.
The winners were voted for by a panel of selectors, who included football writers, coaches and team captains.
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