HARARE – Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere has tipped Harare City forward Silas Songani to land the 2013 Soccer Stars of the Year accolade at the awards ceremony on Friday night.
Masomere believes Songani had an unbelievable season with the Sunshine Boys and the dribbling wizard deserves to win this year's big prize alongside Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati and lively winger Kuda Mahachi of Chicken Inn.
The Soccer Star of the Year was actually selected last month but his identity has been kept a secret and will not be known until Friday when Castle Lager, the official sponsors, unveils the winner of the $5 000 accolade.
Former Dynamos midfield maestro Denver Mukamba was crowned Soccer Star last year after powering DeMbare to a second consecutive league and cup double.
His two runners-up will also be named from the 11 finalists and will get $3 000 and $2 000 respectively with the rest of the finalists taking home $1 000 each.
“Silas Songani was the most outstanding player. He was a match winner and he made Harare City a force to reckon with,” Mosomere told the Daily News yesterday.
“He was a marvel to watch, that boy, and any coach would want to have such talent in his team. I remember when we played Harare City at Maglas, he was very brilliant. Apart from the fact that we were robbed in that particular match, Songani had a good game.
“There is also Tawanda Muparati and Kuda Mahachi. Maparati’s work-rate is awesome. He had a good season and was very instrumental to his team’s cause. Mahachi without doubt is one of the most talented players we have in the country.
“He is without doubt the best player of his generation. I think those three players deserve some recognition.”
Masomere, la league champion winner with the now defunct Amazulu, reckons he did enough in the season to walk away with the Coach of the Year award after leading Shabanie to BancABC Cup triumph and eighth place finish on the Castle Premiership table.
“I favour myself for the coach of the year,” he continued.
“I am not being self-centred but what I have achieved given the working environment I was operating in was unexpected. We won the BancABC when odds were against us.
“It’s going to be a tight call, but I feel I have done enough to win that accolade.”