DYNAMOS defender Gift Bello took advantage of teammates Partson Jaure and Ocean Mushure’s disqualification from this year’s edition of the Soccer Stars of the Year and sneaked into this year’s 11 finalists.
BY ALBERT MARUFU
Jaure, who seemed to be an obvious inclusion in the top 11 players, found himself on the wrong side of the law after the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee found him guilty of misconduct after he charged towards referee Thabani Bamala in a league match against Highlanders last month.
He was slapped with seven match suspension beginning with matches lined up for this afternoon.
In addition, he was fined US$2 000 with US$500 suspended for good behaviour for the rest of the season.
Other obvious candidates Mushure and Highlanders’ Bruce Kangwa missed the cut after having accrued six yellow cards each.
Harare City’s Chrispen Dickson is also a notable absentee after accruing six yellow cards and one red card.
However, defending champions Dynamos contributed three players; Bello, goalkeeper George Chigova and Tawanda Muparati.
Ambitious Bulawayo side Chicken Inn contributed two players, Golden Boot favourite Tendai Ndoro who has scored 18 goals so far and dribbling wizard Kuda Mahachi.
Bulawayo giants Highlanders, CAPS United and championship favourites Harare City contributed goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Silas Songani respectively.
Veteran How Mine midfielder Mernard Mupera, FC Platinum’s Charles Sibanda and Hwangwe’s Erick Chipeta were also included on this year’s calendar.
The Soccer Star of the Year and the two runner ups, Coach of the Year, Most Promising Under-20 Player and the Most Disciplined Team will be announced on December 13.
Munyaradzi Diya, Tendai Ndoro, Tawanda Muparati, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Gift Bello, Silas Songani, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Erick Chipeta, Charles Sibanda, George Chigova, Mernard Mupera.