HARARE – Dennis Dauda was crowned 2014 Soccer Star of the Year as ZPC Kariba swept the top honours at last night’s awards ceremony held in the capital.
Dauda led a ZPC Kariba one-two-three in the Soccer Star of the Year category in which goalkeeper Tendai Hove was the runner-up, while veteran forward Limited Chikafa was the second runner-up.
The steely defender was also one of three ZPC Kariba team members who picked up the top individual accolades at the colourful ceremony, with team captain Hove crowned Goalkeeper of the Year, while head coach Saul Chaminuka was named Coach of the Year as the Mashonaland West side were rewarded for their outstanding performance in their maiden season in the top flight.
The league debutants, who were consistent throughout the season, actually appeared set to win the championship, but a 2-3 defeat on the last day of the season allowed Dynamos to leapfrog them and pip them to the title.
However, last night’s awards ceremony in which the Kariba-based side were the biggest winners served as consolation for the side with Dauda, who did not pick up a single booking during the entire league campaign, taking home the $6 000 prize for being the Soccer Star of the Year.
First runner-up Hove pocketed $4 000, while second runner-up Chikafa walked away with $3 000.
It was double celebration for Hove, who also picked up $2 500 for winning the Goalkeeper of the Year gong, taking his total winnings on the night to $6 500.
The Soccer Stars of the Year selection was conducted by members of the media, PSL coaches and players representatives last month and while the 11 stars were announced soon after the selection process, the names of the main award winners were kept secret until last night’s ceremony.
Meanwhile, Dynamos’ youthful right-back Blessing Moyo, who was outstanding in his defensive role for the Harare giants as they successfully defended their league championship, was named Rookie of the Year, walking away $ 2 000 richer for picking up the award.
However, Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who led Dynamos to a fourth successive PSL championship, becoming the first ever local coach to achieve the feat, was not so lucky as he lost out to ZPC Kariba’s Chaminuka in the Coach of the Year category.
It was the second time in as many years that Pasuwa has missed out on the accolade despite winning the league championship as Bigboy Mawiwi was named 2013 Coach of the Year despite his Harare City side finishing third in the league that season.
For winning the 2014 Coach of the Year award, Chaminuka got $3 500.
The Premiership’s Golden Boot Award was shared between How Mine centre-forward Kudakwashe Musharu and Highlanders attacker Charles Sibanda.
Both forwards hit the back of the net 12 times this season for their respective teams and will share the $4 000 prize money.
Zvishavane-based outfit FC Platinum were named the PSL’s Most Disciplined Team and earned $10 000.
In the match officials’ category, Brighton Chimene scooped the Referee of the Year award, with Salani Ncube the first runner-up, while Stella Ruvinga was the second runner-up.
2014 Soccer Star of the Year Award Winners:
Soccer Star of the Year ($6 000) – Dennis Dauda
First Runner-up ($4 000) – Tendai Hove
Second Runner-up ($3 000) -Limited Chikafa
Goalkeeper of the Year ($2 500) – Tendai Hove
Eight finalists ($1 000 each) – Tendai Samanja (Caps United), Thabani Kamusoko (FC Platinum), Themba Ndlovu (Dynamos), Charles Sibanda (Highlanders), Evans Rusike (Hwange), Kudakwashe Musharu (How Mine), David Kutyauripo (Harare City), Stephen Alimenda (Dynamos)
Rookie player of the year ($2 000) – Blessing Moyo
Top Goal Scorer ($4 000) – Charles Sibanda (Highlanders) & Kudakwashe Musharu (How Mine)
Coach of the Year ($3 500) – Saul Chaminuka
Most Disciplined Team ($10 000) – FC Platinum
Referee of the Year ($2 500) – Brighton Chimene
First Runner-up ($2 000) – Salani Ncube
Second Runner-up ($1 500) – Stella Ruvinga