8 December 2017
THE best player for the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership season will be crowned in the capital today.
FC Platinum’s duo of Kevin Moyo and Rodwell Chinyengetere, Dynamos skipper Ocean Mushure go in as favourites.
In recent years, teams that have won the league title provided the Soccer Star of Year.
FC Platinum, who were crowned the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership champions, have a style of play which makes it difficult to pick out outstanding players.
For that reason, the two selected among the finalists could just miss out on the big one though guaranteed to be among the top three.
The FC Platinum central defender played a big role as they won the title for the first time since they started playing in the Premiership in 2011. Despite being at the heart of the defence, Kevin also contributed important goals that won matches for the platinum miners. For the record, FC Platinum only had two defeats in 34 games while they had one of the best defence in the Premiership.
The Dynamos captain was a key factor in the just ended season when they finished as runners-up. Mushure scored imporatant goals for Dynamos, a team that had been ruled out at the beginning of the season. Mushure looks set to be part of the top three and stands a chance of winning the big one.
The veteran player was one of the FC Platinum’s most imporatant players, giving them stability as they managed to win the 2017 title. He showed his importance more in the second half of the season as he scored crucial goals for Norman Mapeza’s charges. Though deployed more in a position that required to be the creative player, the style of play by the platinum miners demanded that they rely more on passing the ball around while looking for an opportunity to pounce. FC Platinum always won all their midfield battles, with Chinyengetere leading in ball retention.
If CAPS United had won the league title, Chafa would go into tonight’s ceremony as the clear cut Soccer Star of the Year. Chafa was by far the best holding midfielder in the country. And even the top four, FC Platinum, Dynamos, Ngezi Platinum and Chicken Inn had problems trying to dominate the midfield. He gave CAPS United shape and stability, something that came with devastating effects. However, that CAPS United only came alive in the second half of the season, is reason why he may not win the big award today.
Mabvura was a marvel to watch in the 2017 season and no doubt one of the most improved players in the Premiership. Although Ngezi Platinum had the likes of other skillful players like Donald Teguru and Terrence Dzvukamanja, Mabvura still came out of the shadows to show his importance in Ngezi’s title challenge. It was unfortunate they only managed to end third but his inclusion in the best 11 was well deserved.
MAPEZA OR MUTASA
The Coach of the Year accolade will be won by either the championship winning coach Mapeza or Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa. Both have a strong case. Mapeza went against the grain to lead a team outside the two main capital cities, Harare and Bulawayo, to glory. Mutasa on the other hand fought for the title until the last day with a team that many critics thought would fight relegation.