HARARE – A panel of experts is set to convene in Harare today to select the 11 finalists for the Soccer Star of the Year awards.
Castle Premier League coaches, Footballers Union of Zimbabwe executive members, football writers and referees’ representatives will play a part in the selection of the 2013 Castle Soccer Star of the Year.
They will be assisted by non-voting Sports Editors who will oversee the selection process.
Harare City’s Silas Songani and Chicken Inn striker Tendai Ndoro are among the front-runners for the coveted Soccer Stars award, to be announced at a banquet in Harare next month.
Defending champions Dynamos will be hoping that such players as Tawanda Muparati, Gift Bello, Thomas Magorimbo and goalkeeper George Chigova, make the eleven.
Apart from Songani, Harare City, who could win their maiden championship since gaining promotion two years ago if they beat CAPS United tomorrow, also have Nathan Ziwini as one of the most outstanding players of the season.
Highlanders also had a decent season in which defender Dumisani Ndlovu alongside Mthulisi Maphosa and Peter Moyo were outstanding.
Shabanie Mine’s Tafadzwa Mombeshora, Kuda Mahachi from Chicken Inn, Triangle’s Blessing Chimwachetere and Hwange defender Eric Chipeta had decent seasons.
CAPS United goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube together midfielders Hardlife Zvirekwi and Tendai Samanja also caught the eye, so did FC Platinum forward Charles Sibanda.
Harare City’s Bigboy Mawiwi and Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu and Calisto Pasuwa of Dynamos are contenders for the Coach of the Year prize.
There are prizes too for the Goalkeeper of the Year, the Most Disciplined Team of the Year and the Golden Boot winner.
The winners will be unveiled at a banquet in December, which will also mark the end of the 2013 season.
According to rules and regulations guiding the selection of the outstanding players of the season, a player who has been brought before a disciplinary hearing and found guilty by the club or the league will not be considered for selection.
However, merely being dragged before a disciplinary committee does not exclude a player from the selection process if the guilty verdict has not been passed.