24 December 2012

Zambia: Mukuka Mulenga's Power Footballer of the Year

BUDDING midfield sensation Mukuka Mulenga at the weekend capped a successful 2012 season with another accolade, this time scooping the Power Dynamos Footballer of the Year award.

Barely a few weeks after being crowned the 2012 MTN-FAZ Zambian League Footballer of the Year, Mulenga, whose inspiring performance for Power this year won him a national team call-up, also picked up the club's Most Improved Player award.

During Power's end of year party held at Ravens Club in Kitwe on Saturday, the 14 goals that striker Graven Chitalu racked up in the season were enough to see him winning the Top Scorer's accolade.

Defensive midfielder, Emmanuel Chimpinde, who has been a consistent performer for Power, was named the club's Most Disciplined Player, the accolade he also got at national level.

Chimpinde was recently voted as the MTN-FAZ Premier League Most Disciplined Player of the Year.

Power also decorated all the players with medals as a recognition for their efforts in the 2012 season.

And Power chairperson, Owen Silavwe said the club had set itself three targets for 2013 and directed coach Beston Chambeshi to ensure the expectations were met.

Silavwe, who is also Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) acting managing director operations, gave Power a mammoth task of winning the 2013 African Confederation Cup and also reclaiming the MTN-FAZ Premier Division League title which the club surrendered to arch rivals, Zanaco on the final day of the season.

He urged the team to try to be "greedy" next season and win-back the Barclays Cup trophy they shockingly lost to surprise-package, Napsa Stars saying it was disappointing that Power failed to meet its objectives in 2012.

Power had also set its sights on reaching at least the group stage of the African Champions League, but were knocked out in the first round by DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe.

He stressed the need for the team to rededicate itself and emerge much stronger to ensure success was achieved next season at all costs.

Silavwe also said the club would prior to the kick-off of the 2013 season, host a pre-season tournament dubbed "Power 90″, meant to honour the club's legends who won the then African Cup Winners' Cup in 1991.

He said the suggestion was floated by the club's fans on their social network, Facebook.

"We plan to invite three or four top teams in Zambia for this tournament which will be held before the start of the 2013 season as a way of honouring the Power 90 heroes," he said.

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