Northern Region shows the way

Sport Zimbabwe

Mukudzei Chingwere

THE Ruyamuro Northern Region Soccer League showed the way on how to honour best performers with a colourful banquet held at a Harare hotel on Friday.

The second tier have over the years, remunerated their exceptional players well, and this season was no exception.

Cranborne Bullets’ Kelvin Chibunyu was crowned soccer star of the year, and the teenager walked away with a car, courtesy of the league’s sponsors.

Championship winning coach Nesbert Saruchera was also recognised as the best gaffer for the 2019 season, and also drove away with a car as a token of appreciation for his efforts.

The winners at the banquet were immaculately dressed by a leading clothing supplier in the country.

The soccer star of the year was happy with the award he won, saying his achievement was a product of hard work.

“I am happy to win this award after so much hard work I have been putting.

“I put in extra work after our training sessions and that has helped me improve my game. We will be playing in the Premier League this season and we expect to continue on the same path.

“I am happy I have won the car and I want to thank the sponsors for the gesture,” said Chibunyu.

Saruchera also walked away with another award which he jointly won with Bigboy Mawiwi.

The pair was given a Special Recognition award for being the only coaches to win the Northern Region championship on three different occasions.

Saruchera thanked the region’s administrators for the good work they have been putting in.

“I will miss the Northern Region. They have a professional and competent administration team but I do not want to come back because I want my team to continue playing in the Premier League.

“I have been competing in this league for some time and I am happy with the way they have been doing their things. I pray that they continue with this professional approach,” he said.