Football mavens Nelson Chadya and Tino Benza have emerged as the only two players to retain their spots in the Soccer Stars of the Year calendar from the previous year. Selected by a distinguished panel of journalists, coaches, and captains, both athletes have performed remarkably, earning their places among Zimbabwe's football elite.
Rise of Ngezi Platinum Stars
This year, Ngezi Platinum Stars' goalkeeper, Nelson Chadya, played a pivotal role in his team's maiden league title victory. Chadya's stellar performance on the field has helped put Ngezi Platinum Stars on the Zimbabwean football map, along with two of his teammates, who also made it to the Soccer Stars of the Year calendar.
Tino Benza: The Driving Force Behind Herentals FC
Equally noteworthy is Tino Benza, the forward for Herentals FC. As a finalist in last year's Soccer Star of the Year, Benza has had a substantial season, netting six goals and providing ten assists. His performance has been integral to Herentals' journey this season, even as the club missed out on their top-four finish goal, ending sixth in the league.
Fans' Choice Award Contender
Despite the club's position, Benza's contribution to the team is undeniable. As the top scorer in the Chibuku Super Cup and voted as the club's best player, Benza has also put himself in the running for the Fans' Choice Award, a title he already has under his belt. The fans' admiration for the player is evident, and his efforts on the pitch have not gone unnoticed.
Both players are set to be honored at an upcoming event this Friday, a recognition of their dedication, skill, and impact on the Zimbabwean football scene. The honor serves as a testament to their talent and a nod to their contribution to the sport. As the dust settles on this season, all eyes will be on these two athletes as they continue to forge their paths in the world of football.