Chicken Inn midfield maestro, Innocent Mucheneka’s star continues to shine brighter and brighter as he was crowned the Gamecocks’ best player for the just ended season during a colourful awards ceremony.
After a season which saw Mucheneka showing all and sundry of his playing capabilities by winning a number of his club’s player of the month and man-of-the-match awards, the skillful midfielder picked up the top gong and also managed to be the joint top goal scorer together with Obadiah Tarumbwa and Obriel Chirinda after finding the back of the net seven times.
As one of those that will have a big claim to the country’s top players for the season following a near flawless performance, Mucheneka walked away $1 000 richer while other well wishers added to that amount in cash.
With a third place finish in the league, the soft spoken Mucheneka was full of praises to his teammates for ensuring that the Gamecocks maintained their top five finish since they won the title in 2015.
“Receiving these awards, it wasn’t easy. Things have been hard as we trained and prepared for the games, playing the games, you know how football is like. Everyone wants to win. As a team, I would like to thank the coaches, the players, my fellows for the support that they have been giving me,” he said.
Speaking during the awards ceremony, guest of honour and Premier Soccer League CEO, Kennedy Ndebele, hailed Chicken Inn for their professionalism and strides towards achieving the demands of club licensing.
“It is the time we take football as a serious business. I see this is what is happening at Chicken Inn Football Club. This is the time when we look at developing business partners which you have done and you continue to do and sounds like you have the appetite for more. Not only is this important, we also realise that the club is involved in youth development, something that is part of our club licensing requirements,” he said.
Chicken Inn committee member, Sihlangu Dlodlo described the vision being pursued by the Bulawayo club as that of making it an envy of all in the continent, something also hailed by sponsors’ representatives present.
“Our unwritten vision is to be the most favoured destination for any football player in Africa. We want anyone who thinks they can play football if they are anywhere in Africa to want to come and play at Chicken Inn,” he said.
While top performing juniors where honoured during the event that was also graced by Triangle Football Club technical team.
Other senior accolades went to inspirational skipper, Moses Jackson who was voted the players’ player of the year, Guide Goddard the longest serving while the most disciplined went to the experienced Clemence Matawu and most promising to Sean Guchu.