2017 Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum last night wrapped up a successful season by clinching the soccer of the year award, coach of the year and runner of the year at a colourful ceremony held in the capital yesterday night.
It was all glitz and glamour as the platinum miners clinched the top award as midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere was crowned soccer star of the year, while teammate Kelvin Moyo was runner up and their gaffer Norman Mapeza was named coach of the year.
The awards gala also marked the silver jubilee celebrations and former Warriors skipper Peter Ndlovu was the guest of honour.
29 year old Chinyengetere pocketed $5 000 plus another $1000 for being chosen among the top XI players of the year capping a sensational comeback for a player who suffered a horrific injury five years ago while playing for Hwange in a league match against Monomotapa.
Chinyengetere paid tribute to the doctors and divine intervention.
FC Platinum’s Norman Mapeza collected the coach of the year award after leading his side to the championship and Castle Lager Challenge Cup double.
Former Warriors skipper Peter Ndlovu who was guest of honour at the gala which also marked the silver jubilee celebrations urged players to be focussed and lead exemplary lives on and off the field of play.
Delta Corporation marketing director commended the PSL for staging a successful season.
Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze who kept an incredible 19 clean sheets was duly named goalkeeper of the year.
Young Leeroy Mavhunga of newboys Yadah won the rookie of the year award reserved for players under the age of 19.
The golden boot was won by Caps United’s marksman Dominic Chungwa after netting 17 goals.
Controversial referee Ruzive Ruzive won the 2017 referee of the year accolade while Triangle won the most disciplined team award.