Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
BANTU Rovers captain Bukhosi Zakhu Sibanda has been rewarded for his fine form by being voted the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League’s Player of the Month for April.
Ngezi Platinum Stars’ Tonderai Ndiraya clinched the Coach of the Month award.
Sibanda, the league’s leading scorer with seven goals, said the accolade came at the “right time” when his side faces Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.
The former national Under-20 captain, who has been converted from a striker to a midfielder, said he is enjoying his role and looking forward to banging in more goals.
“I’m very pleased that the selectors voted me as the best player for April. This is just awesome. I want to give glory to God, thank my teammates, the Bantu Rovers’ technical team and management for affording me an opportunity to play for this wonderful club. I wouldn’t have won this award without my teammates and I’m really happy,” said Sibanda.
“This award came at the right time when we play Highlanders and obviously as a player I would want to show that winning it wasn’t a fluke, and hopefully we are going to do well on Saturday,” he said.
The 20-year-old midfielder downplayed ambitions of bagging the end of season’s Golden Boot award.
With his seven goals, Sibanda is four goals shy of the 11 that Caps United’s veteran striker Leonard Tsipa scored to win last season’s Top Goal Scorer award.
“To be honest I’m not even thinking about winning the Golden Boot. There are a number of matches to be played and what I want is to help the team get positive results in all the matches we play.
“I want to improve with every game and if scoring opportunities avail themselves, I will strive to utilise them. However, I’m not under pressure at all with regards to the Top Goal Scorer’s award,” said Sibanda.