Swaz Defends Standards Ahead Of Awards

ZIMBABWE’S sports media body has defended the standards of local football ahead of the selection of the country’s best players of the season.

The Sports Writers Association (Swaz) will meet in Kwekwe on November 15 to select 11 Soccer Stars of the Year finalists, the most outstanding coach and the best referee of the year and his two finalists.
The selection was initially set for Masvingo.
The winners will then be honoured at an awards ceremony in December.
For the first time ever, performances in international matches will count in the selection of the awards.
The awards will come in the backdrop of terrible year when the national side dismally failed to qualify for the highly-anticipated 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa and the African Nations Cup to be played earlier in the year in Angola.
“We are happy with the standards,” Swaz chairman Goodwill Zunidza said yesterday. “We believe there are other reasons why the national side didn’t do well, it was mostly because of the administration. Generally I think the players did well.”
Zunidza said a Swaz team was already in Kwekwe to carry out “a feasibility check” for the selection.
On the new criterion where performances in national colours will be looked at, Zunidza said:
“It will be exiting because Dynamos had an extended run in the African Champions League and Highlanders also did reasonably well in their continental commitments. Even the national side itself got a good number of games. Also the Unders 20s and Under 17s, who played international matches, had PSL players.”
Dynamos captain Murape Murape, who led his side to their first domestic league title in a decade, won the Soccer Star of the Year award last year.
By Enock Muchinjo

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