Castle Soccer Star Of The Year To Be Crowned Friday

His two runners up will also be named from the 11 finalists and will get $3 000 and $2 000 respectively with the rest of the finalists taking home $1 000 each.

Most of the finalists have been drawn from the teams that finished in the top five of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship race with champions Dynamos contributing Washington Arubi, and George Magaro.

FC Platinum who finished second weighed in with Tafadzwa Dube and Donald Ngona while Motor Action Alan Gahadzikwa has made it among the finalists for the second year running.

There is also a place for Hwange’s Nkosana Siwela as well as Highlanders’ Rahaman Kutsanzira and Graham Ncube.

Gunners who picked up form following the arrival of Moses Chunga from CAPS United have been rewarded with Cliff Sekete also on the calendar and so is Black Mambas Abbas Amidu and CAPS United’s Tapuwa Kumbuyani.

However, it appears one of the two goalkeepers, either Washington Arubi or Tafadzwa Dube will win the top award on the basis of their popularity among the selecting panel that included soccer reporters, Premier Soccer League coaches and a representative of the Zimbabwe Soccer Referees Association.

Roderick Mutuma who was disqualified from the soccer star of the year award after accumulating six yellow cards is assured of $3 000 after finishing as the PSL’s top goal scorer with 14 goals.

The soccer star of the year award has turned not to be a bed of roses for FC Platinum striker, Charles Sibanda.
Sibanda has not yet received his $4 000 prize money from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority for being the top player last season and was also disqualified from this year’s running after both a court of law and the Zimbabwe Football Association found him guilty of assaulting Chicken Inn  coach, Adam Ndlovu.

The day will also see the goalkeeper of the year, rookie of the year, coach of the year, and referee of the year also being rewarded.