ZIFA Southern Region Division One 2014 season champions and Premier Soccer League (PSL) debutants Tsholotsho Football Club will honour their best players at a ceremony at Roman Catholic Hall in Tsholotsho tomorrow.
Club chairman Mlamuli Phiri confirmed the individual awards ceremony. He hailed the team for a successful season that saw them writing their own piece of history by becoming the first side from a rural area to make it to the elite league in the history of the country’s domestic football.
“I can confirm we are having our end-of-season individual awards winning ceremony on Saturday (tomorrow),” he said.
“This was our best season, we had a united team spirit from the beginning of the season up to the end and we were rewarded. We are going to honour those players who have been outstanding throughout the season.
“I would like to encourage those who will win awards to continue playing hard even next season. This is the beginning because we want to see them doning national team colours.”
Phiri said the board was yet to decide on prize monies for those winning the awards.
Head coach Lizwe Sweswe said his boys played as a team and it was difficult to predict those who would walk away with prizes.
“The boys had a uniform performance as a team,” he said.
“It is difficult to say who will win what, but there are players like goalkeeper Chang Marloyoni who has been outstanding between the posts, anchorman Butholezwe Ncube who never put his foot wrong throughout the season, defender Spar Dube and strikers Nickson Gama and Edmore Chirambadare.”
Some of the awards include players’ player of the season, goalkeeper of the season, most improved player of the season, most disciplined player of the season and top goalscorer of the season. Chirambadare will walk away with the top goalscorer award after netting 16 goals.
The ceremony might also see the crowning of the champions by Zifa.
Zifa Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza had early yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that should Tsholotsho confirm their awards ceremony by the end of yesterday, they would then use the same event to officially crown the 2014 champions.
“We have not yet had anything solid, but it might be this weekend,” he said. “We hope we will hear from them soon. If they are having their ceremony then we might use that opportunity.”