BEST OF THE BEST. . . No Bosso player among soccer stars: All goalkeepers not up to standard

Dominic Chungwa

Dominic Chungwa

Sikhumbuzo Moyo in Harare
FOR the first time in modern day premiership football Bulawayo giants Highlanders failed to have a player among the prestigious Soccer Stars of the Year finalists while ageless Chicken Inn talisman Clemence  Matawu became the first player in the same era to appear six times.

The Chicken Inn captain was on the calendar for the first time in 2003, made it the following year and in 2006 was voted the Soccer Star of the Year before leaving the country for Europe and when he came back he has been a regular feature since 2015.

He now joins the legendary duo of George Shaya and Sunday Chidzambwa to have appeared on the calendar six times.

Ocean Mushure

Ocean Mushure

At a selection process held in Harare yesterday by premiership coaches and their captains as well as journalists from various media houses in the country, there was also a first in that no goalkeeper made it into the final 11 that saw Ngezi Platinum provide the highest number of players with three – Qadr Amini, Tichaona Mabvura and Terrence Dzvukamanja.

“I must be honest with you that I am a bit disappointed that the panellists could not have just one outstanding goalkeeper in the final 11, which is a first in the history of the Zimbabwe Soccer Stars of the Year selection process.

“In my opinion I felt Chicken Inn’s Elvis Chipezeze should have made the cut but look, that is the choice of the panellists and I am not one of them,” said respected broadcaster Charles Mabika who is also Zimbabwe’s representative in the voting panel for the Fifa Player of the Year, the Ballon DoR.

Clemence Matawu

Clemence Matawu

League champions FC Platinum provided Rodwell Chinyengetere and Kelvin Moyo, who is a favourite for the Soccer Star of the Year.  A surprise exclusion was midfield enforcer Winston Mhango.

Runners-up Dynamos have their skipper Ocean Mushure and Cameroonian Christian Epoupa while Golden Boot winner Dominic Chungwa and steady midfielder Devon Chafa  made it for Caps United.

However, the two talking points will be the absence of a Highlanders player  and the exclusion of a goalkeeper in the final 11 which is a first since the selection process started almost 50 years ago.

“Highlanders have always been a regular feature in the calendar going back many years but I can confidently say in modern day premiership, it’s a first that we don’t have a Bosso player among the best 11 players on the land,” said Mabika.

The panellists also voted for the Coach of the Year, the Most Promising Under-20 player as well as the Goalkeeper of the Year who however will be revealed at a banquet on December 8, according to the convener of selectors, Steve Vickers.

Meanwhile, all but one, Bulawayo teams snubbed the selection process yesterday as Bosso’s Erol Akbay and his captain, How Mine’s Kelvin Kaindu and his captain did not attend while Rahman Gumbo of Chicken Inn also was not in attendance although Matawu came. Bulawayo City were represented by only their coach, Mandla Mpofu.

2017 Soccer Stars of the Year Finalists

Clemence Matawu, Moses Jackson (Chicken Inn)

Devon Chafa,  Dominic Chungwa (Caps United)

Christian Epoupa, Ocean Mushure (Dynamos)

Kelvin Moyo, Rodwell Chinyengetere (FC Platinum)

Qadr Amini, Tichaona Mabvura, Terrence Dzvukamanja (Ngezi Platinum Stars)

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  • Wellington

    The panel should have cast their net wider, rather than concentrate on 5teams only, Rhinos had good players like Chiwunga, ZPC Harare City they had outstanding players who deserved recognition. Bosso were affected by their boardroom squabbles and the talkative coach in the second half of the season, but l think had Prince Dube not been sold and remained firing he would have surely made a big shout for the top price, if Honest was consistent he too could have made it. I hope its a wake up call to the Bosso executive and the team to come out firing next season this kind of mediocrity is not acceptable at all.

    • s

      peter should have been in, but having panelists from newsday, daily news who think that dynamos is the only team, peter would have not made it. especially that he marked out and caused Christian to get a red card he could not get it. I think our problem is that the wrong people are managing this. what was special about Christian in truth. he last shined when he played highlanders and from they we forgot about him. media can blind people’s minds. that’s why politicians use it well.

    • Essexvale

      If you’re not jealous, why all the snarky references to other teams?

  • chirenje laur

    we were poor this season though i am think Lot should have been included. omitting that bantu rovers star bukhosi sibanda is questionable