25 December 2012

Zimbabwe: FC Platinum to Hold Awards

Zvishavane — DESPITE subdued performances in this year's campaign, Zvishavane side FC Platinum have put in motion plans to reward some of their outstanding players in the just-ended Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.

The club's secretary Phillemon Muwengwa said FC Platinum would honour their outstanding players before the end of the year, although they are still to finalise on the date.

Former Gunners playmaker Ali Sadiki is the favourite to lift the Player of the Year award after a very good season in which he tried to drive the 2011 Premiership runners-up.

Daniel Veremu, the defensive rock, who took over the captaincy from Zephaniah Ngodzo, could claim the Players Player of the Year award for which he faces stiff challenge.

Young defender Raphael Mudhuviwa is also likely to get the Rookie of the Year award following a stunning performance.

Last season Tafadzwa Dube scooped two accolades walking home with Player of the season and the Most Consistent Player award.

But Dube is not likely to be in the running this year following a bust up earlier in the season between the goalkeeper and the technical team which saw him being suspended for a number of matches.

Other awards to be won on the day include the Most Disciplined player, Impact player of the year and the President's special award.

However FC Platinum who took the league by storm finishing a credible second in their maiden appearance last season could not maintain the standards they set themselves as they ended a disappointing seventh on the log standings.

Nonetheless Muwengwa said they would hold a low-key event to honour some of their best performers.

"We are going to honour our players before the end of the year at a date to be advised. We are going to maintain our tradition but the event is going to be a low key", said Muwengwa.

FC Platinum were a pale shadow of the promising side that had a battalion of stars recruited from all over the country.

They had started the season on a high note as they managed to lift their first silverware after winning the Bob'88 Super Cup and then the Independence trophy.

It was their first major achievement since gaining promotion in the elite league.

The platinum miners lost the championship to Dynamos last season on the final day on goal aggregate but managed to play in the Champions League for the first time this year.

Despite having talented players in their squad they drifted further away from the championship title race this year.

And not even the dismissal of coach Rahman Gumbo, who was replaced with his deputy Tendai Chikuni could do much to turn around their fortunes and build on the early promise they had shown at the start of the year with indiscipline especially among the senior players also creeping in.

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