BULAWAYO – Mbada Diamonds Cup champions Highlanders emerged as the biggest winners at the tournament’s awards ceremony that was held on Saturday night at a local Bulawayo hotel.
On top of the $130 000 prize money that comes with winning the biggest cup tournament in the land, Bosso also picked up the most disciplined team award while their players also dominated in the individual prizes category.
For winning the most disciplined award Highlanders got US$1 000 and 30 Mbada Diamonds branded bibs.
Three Highlanders players were part of the five individuals that shared the top goal scorer award and these are Gabriel Nyoni, Masimba Mambare and Njabulo Ncube.
The trio shared US$1 000 with Harare City and Warriors star midfielder Silas Songani and CAPS United striker Tawanda Nyamandwe, after each netting twice during the competition.
Nyoni also picked up another US$500 after his second minute goal against Triangle in the first round was chosen as the fastest goal of the tournament.
Dreadlocked midfielder Peter Rio Moyo got US$500 for being selected as the man-of-the-match in the final while Highlanders keeper Munyaradzi Diya was the biggest winner on the day after walking away with the goalkeeper of the tournament and the player of the tournament awards.
Diya picked up US$1 000 for being chosen as the best goalkeeper while the player of the tournament gong came with US$1 500.
In his acceptance speech Diya gave credit to the Highlanders goalkeepers coach Tembo Chuma.
“I would like to thank my teammates and special mention goes to our goalkeepers coach. I also want to thank (fellow Bosso keepers) Ariel, Archie, Pro and not forgetting (How Mine keeper) Ephraim (Mazarura) who has been like a brother to me,” Diya said.
“This award is not mine alone but it belongs to us all.”
Meanwhile Highlanders yesterday morning paid a visit to Prophet Blessing Chiza’s Eagle Life Assemblies church where they paraded the Mbada Diamonds Cup they won after beating How Mine 3-0 in the final at Barbourfields on Saturday.
Prophet Chiza made headlines in the run up to the final when he prophesied that Highlanders would lift a major trophy by a 3-1 score line provided that the team did not use any juju as part for their preparations for the match.