HERENTALS Under-20 coach, Paul Benza, believes team work and discipline were behind his troops’ spirited fight for the ZIFA Northern Region Division One championship.
Benza bagged his third M&J Consultants Coach of the Month award.
He is now on level terms with Simba Bhora mentor, Arthur “Tuts” Tutani, who had set the tone in the individual accolades.
Interestingly, the two sides took turns to occupy the league’s top spot throughout the season.
It perhaps explains their dominance in the monthly awards.
Somehow, the Young Students were left with a bitter pill to swallow after enjoying life at the summit of the log, for the better part of the season, only for Simba Bhora to dislodge them.
Benza’s boys were never considered part of the championship race, at the start of the campaign, with analysts tipping Golden Eagles and Simba Bhora.
However, Benza had other plans and he went blow-for-blow against an experienced Simba Bhora side.
“I’m very happy with the boys because we managed to finish in the top three, which was our target,” said Benza.
“I attribute our fine season to teamwork and discipline.
“I also want to thank our boss, Professor (Innocent) Benza, my cousin Tafadzwa, Double and Tino, who remained supportive during difficult moments.”
He hailed his co-coach, Stephen “Toto” Mudawapi, for achieving their objective.
Benza said there was a possibility a number of their developmental side’s players could be promoted to the Premiership team for next season.
Ngezi Under-19 gunslinger, Takunda Benhura, took home two accolades – the BreakFront Car Hire Player of the Month award and Tempo Tyre Top Goal Scorer of the Month.
He bagged two hattricks and a brace to take his season’s tally to 14.
Chegutu Pirates goalkeeper, Mehlenkosi Hove, was back on the podium to claim his second Global Tech Goalie of the Month.
He has been one of the standout players in the league.