THE Zifa Eastern Region Division One League awarded its Soccer Stars of the Year for the 2022 season at a ceremony held at Golden Peacock Hotel in Mutare today.
This years’ ceremony marked the return of the annual fete that could not be held over the past two years due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Speaking during the event, guest of honour Blessing Mangwiro, who is earthmoving concern The Big Rock chief executive, called on the game’s stakeholders to refurbish and maintain football facilities.
He said: “Maintenance of football facilities is something we sincerely call upon all stakeholders to put their heads together to find lasting solutions to. Here in Mutare facilities such as Sports Oval and Chisamba Ground, among others, are in a sorry state yet these used to be breeding space for talented footballers.
“My wish is that all stakeholders get to realise and understand that this is one of the many ways of fighting social vices such as drug abuse and poverty.”
As expected, champions GreenFuel provided Coach of the Year in Lloyd ‘Samaita’ Mutasa as well as the biggest chunk of players on the list.
The trio of Tadious Baye, Ishmael Lawe and Leeroy Murape made it onto the list.
In Lloyd Marange and Munyaradzi Kasai, Mutare City Rovers and Manica Diamonds have one player each on the list of the 2022 Eastern Region Division One Soccer Stars of the Year list, respectively.
ProMelfort have Liberty Chimatira while Masvingo United have Admire Banda on the list.
Marvelous Jenjere of FC Wangu Mazodze, Morgan Bika of Surrey, Renco Mine’s Leon Ngwenya, Ruwa ProGroup’s Reginald Chinemo and Tafara Ginya of Chiredzi Stars complete the list of the 11 players chosen as the best for the 2022 season as well as the 12th Most Promising Player of the season.