Soccer Star of the Year
The Soccer Star of the Year is an annual association football award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the season in Zimbabwean football. It was first presented at the end of the 1969 Rhodesian football season, when it was founded as the Rhodesian Soccer Star of the Year; the name changed in 1980. Each year's winner is chosen at the end of the season by a vote amongst football writers from around Zimbabwe. The 2010 winner was Charles Sibanda, who won the award while playing for Motor Action. He is the second Motor Action player to have received the award after 2006 winner Clemence Matawu.
The first winner of the award was George Shaya, who played for Dynamos and won the award five times in all; in 1969, 1972 and three times in a row from 1975 to 1977. There are two other multiple-time winners: Peter Ndlovu of Highlanders won twice consecutively in 1990 and 1991, and Stanley Ndunduma won in 1981 and 1985, playing first for CAPS United and later for Black Rhinos. Malawian midfielder Joseph Kamwendo is the lone foreign player to have won the award, having done so in 2005 while playing for CAPS United.
Notes and references
- Rhodesia became black majority-ruled Zimbabwe Rhodesia on 1 June 1979. This government failed to achieve international recognition.
- The internationally recognised country of Zimbabwe became independent on 18 April 1980.
- Joint winners
- Changed name to Hwange in 2005. Wankie had been the name of the town of Hwange until 1982, when numerous Zimbabwean place names were changed. Several sports teams named after towns or other geographical features, like Wankie F.C., retained their original names. Some renamed themselves at later dates but others, such as Shabanie Mine (from Zvishavane, Shabani until 1982) and FC Victoria (from Masvingo, formerly Fort Victoria) retain the old names to the present day.
- No award; controversy during the selection process led to the abandonment of the presentation after the 1998–99 season.
- First foreign winner
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