Independent SportView With Darlington Majonga
CONTROVERSY has been abundant over the dearth of quality in domestic football in a year that will in all probability be remembered for Dynamos’ looming demotion,
if not Amazulu’s Sabbath dilemma.
Others will never forget 2005 as the year Caps United played for nothing after choosing to give prominence to the club’s sponsor – a major rival of the league bankroller.
This weekend, football writers converge to select the 2005 soccer stars of the year. We hope the process won’t be more controversial than the goings-on this season.
It’s going to be tough coming up with the best 11, but we pray the journalists won’t be biased in favour of players they hobnob with or those playing for clubs they support.
This week, we leave the rest of the column to our readers:
I read your article concerning the 11 finalists for the soccer star of the year awards. Well, after discussions with other Mantengwane folks, I think you left out some totally enterprising players such as Gilbert Banda. I for one will vouch that Banda had a superb season for Highlanders.
Buymore’s Francis Chandida is totally out. I need not mention the reasons.
Chandida’s teammate, goalkeeper Gift Muzadzi is also out. Tapuwa Kapini rules that roost. If you look at all the games that Muzadzi has played, you will notice his shortcomings.
There is also a Tinarwo guy I saw once or twice from Monomotapa who deserves recognition among this season’s best players. I know you won’t include the Monos boys for reasons we both know.
I do not know and have never seen them play but I think the Caps contingent is exaggerated. The fact that they are winning more games – some by hook and crook like what I am seeing happening to visiting teams here in Masvingo – does not mean they should dominate the calendar.
That brings me to the “Busmen” issue. Surely is the PSL aware of the happenings at Mucheke stadium? No team will ever win there against Masvingo United because we suspect the referees would have been softened up.
Thanks for allowing us, the owners of the game, an opportunity to select the Buddie premiership’s top 11.
I have a question regarding Caps United players. Are they going to be selected considering that they failed to wear the sponsor’s logo?
However, the following are the players I think excelled this season:
Joseph Kamwendo and Laughter Chilembe (Caps United), Godfrey Dondo (Masvingo United) Malvern Samaneka (Eiffel Wildcats), Chipo Tsodzo (Highlanders) Philip Marufu (Chapungu), Charles Chiutsa (Monomotapa), James Matola, Francis Chandida (Buymore), Washington Arubi (Lancashire Steel) and Edward Tembo (Motor Action).
Others who can also make it are Gift Muzadzi and Sebastian Matende (Buymore), Leonard Tsipa (Caps United), Justice Majabvi (Lancashire Steel), Wonder Sithole (Masvingo), Gilbert Banda (Highlanders), Takesure Chinyama (Hwange) and Method Mwanjali (Shabanie).
My top 11 players for 2005 are: Joseph Kamwendo, Ashley Rambanapasi, Brian Badza, Leonard Tsipa, Philip Marufu, Chipo Tsodzo, Hlanganani Ngwenya, Wonder Sithole, Gift Muzadzi, James Matola, Kelvin Maseko.
I read in your article about Leo Kurauzvione and his tears. Tears will not help him now. Those were crocodile tears.
Kurauzvione will go down in history as the worst Dynamos captain ever. Aligning himself with warring factions does not help him at all. We are all witnessing the fruits of his truancy now. He should be the last player to shed any tears.
The same applies to the likes of Mtshumayeli Moyo, Norman Togara, Clive Mwale and Sifiso Nketa. They owe the Dynamos family an apology.
Dynamos should desist from engaging such characters in future. Moses Chunga should simply dump these troublesome guys and rebuild the team around the likes of Mangezi and Manuella.
I agree with most of your selection but am not sure who played better – Gilbert Banda or Ashley Rambanepasi.
Also, should Takesure Chinyama make it ahead of players like James Matola, More Moyo, Philip Marufu and Edward Tembo?
How can your colleague Enock Muchinjo dare think that Leonard Tsipa and Givemore Manuella should be selected? Tsipa was even on the Caps bench before Brian Badza left.
Who do you tip for the big one? I will go for Chipo Tsodzo, Joseph Kamwendo and Gift Muzadzi.
They played, we saw. Let the best win.