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ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka says his team deserved more players on the Soccer Stars of the Year calendar. The Premiership debutants swept the board when their players — Dennis Dauda, Tendai Hove and Limited Chikafa — bagged the Premiership’s top three prizes. Dauda was voted Soccer Star of the Year and Hove took the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Chaminuka won the Coach of the Year award.

“Am not surprised that the top three players were from ZPC Kariba. These guys played very well throughout the season and, in my opinion, I think we should had more players on the finalists shortlist,” said Chaminuka.

“I believe we deserved this as a team.

“Dauda was very pivotal in our campaign and so was Hove and Chikafa. They earned their awards.

“Overall, we are one team that played consistently the whole season.

“It’s unfortunate we could not finish the job on the last day but generally we had a very good season. We lost only four matches and crucially we never experienced long periods of barrenness.

“In football it’s always difficult to bounce back after losing a game but I would like to thank God that we never had such misfortunes. We just need to work harder next time.”

Highlanders midfielder Charles Sibanda and Kuda Musharu of How Mine shared the Golden Boot award after finishing the season with 12 goals apiece. This is one of the lowest totals to win the award.

Former Zimbabwe international Moses Chunga, who scored 46 in 1986, said the standards were declining.

“People are not scoring goals. As you can see the standards keep going down. Surely, 12 goals for the whole season is not something that we can celebrate.

“It’s a pity because we used to have strikers who would score over 30 goals in one season. I scored 46 goals in 1986 but critics always rush to say that the quality of defenders was poor.

“But if I may ask who are the defenders that we played against? Aren’t they some of the people you always mention among the best crop of players produced in Zimbabwe?

“People should always accept we are in crisis and try to find solutions to this problem because we cannot continue with this mediocrity,” said Chunga.

The former Dynamos and Zimbabwe midfielder also questioned the selection criteria for the season’s best players.

“People have been complaining for years that the players selected to be our Soccer Stars are usually not a true reflection of what has been on the ground. Why?

“It’s because the voting system is flawed.

“For example, I have a problem about the issue of yellow and red cards. If we all agree that football is a contact game, then why should we deprive some players of recognition because of the yellow cards they received during the season?

“Are we selecting Soccer Stars of the Year or we are selecting a Gentleman of the Year or a Favourite Player of the Pear? Do cards make someone a bad player?

“Remember there are positions that are more likely to be booked than others. As a football coach, if my defensive midfielder does not pick UP two yellow cards in 10 games for contact, he will get into serious trouble.

“It only means he is not executing his duties well. What I don’t justify is booking for misconduct.

“There has been a problem among the selectors themselves. I don’t know if it is still happening that people vote on regional lines. It compromises the outcome of the whole process,” said Chunga.

Source : The Herald