HONOUR Gombami, crowned the Southern Region player of the year last week, could cap a fine season in which he inspired Highlanders to the championship with the big one tonight.
However, Motor Action kingpin Clement Matawu remains
the best bet to be named Soccer Star of the Year at an awards ceremony pencilled in for a Harare hotel tonight.
Hwange midfielder Carrington Gomba is the dark horse in the race for the top accolade, which will come with $250 000 prize money.
The first runner-up will be awarded $150 000, with the second runner-up getting $120 000. Each of the 11 Soccer Star of the Year finalists is guaranteed $75 000. The Golden Boot winner will walk away $100 000 richer.
Innscor Africa stepped in to save the awards at the last minute after the Sportswriters Association of Zimbabwe (Swaz), organisers of the awards, had almost failed to secure sponsorship.
The other finalists, selected by a Swaz panel a fortnight ago, are Hwange skipper Obert Moyo, Dynamos striker Sebastian Mutizirwa as well as the Highlanders duo of Obadiah Tarumbwa and Gilbert Banda.
Chapungu’s Phillip Marufu and Cuthbert Malajila also made it alongside Railstars striker Master Masitara and Buymore goalkeeper Nkululeko Dhlamini.
Highlanders mentor Methembe Ndlovu is hot favourite for the Coach of the Year award, while Thabani Mnkantjo and Kenny Marange are in the running for the top referee accolade. — Staff Writer.