WASHINGTON DC —
Champions Chicken Inn dominated the finalists for the 2015 Castle Soccer Stars of the year following the selection conducted Monday.
The Zimbabwean champions have provided four players, including favorite for the award, captain Danny Phiri, who is also the captain of the Zimbabwe national soccer team, the Warriors.
Phiri joins the likes of Clement Mawatu, Elvis Chipezeze, and Edmora Chirambadare among the players from the Gamecorks who have made it among the finalists.
Football follower Margaret Makazhu thinks on the strength of his performance for the Gamecorks, Phiri will take the award home.
Some of the players who have made it among the 11 finalists, include Knox Mutizwa of Highlanders, Stephen Mwakatuka of Caps United, Raphael Manuvire of ZPC Kariba, Tendai Mukuruva and Ocean Mushure of Dynamos, Hillary Bakacheza of Triangle, and Brian Muzondiwa of FC Platinum.
Although selected, the soccer star of the year and his two runners-up as well as the coach and referee of the year, will be announced at a banquet to be held most probably this coming Friday.
However, there is no doubt who the coach of the year will be as Joey Antipas, also from Chicken Inn, deserves that honour after leading his club to the league championship.
Meanwhile, Delta Beverages general manager Munyarazdi Nyondoro handed over the 2015 Castle Lager trophy to Zimbabwe soccer champions Chicken Inn captain Danny Phiri at the weekend.
It was a fitting tribute for a campaign that began in March and ended with that memorable thrashing of Harare City for the biggest prize in Zimbabwean football.
Captain Phiri could not hide his joy saying the Gamecorks deserve to be Zimbabwe champions.
However, there was sad news after Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube revealed that his team will not be embarking on the CAF Champions League journey in 2016 as they do not have the financial resources.
The weekend also saw the relegation of Buffaloes who lost 1-0 to Dynamos on the same day that their closest rivals Tsholotsho Pirates were held to a one- all draw by Harare City.
The results mean that Tsholotsho Pirates finished on 31 points, two ahead of Buffaloes who took the final relegation place following Dongo Sawmills, Flame Lilly and Whawha.