Hardlife ‘Nairobi’ Zvirekwi has been crowned Soccer Star of the Year at a colourful function in Harare, to cap a fine season where he guided his Caps United side to Castle Lager Premier Soccer League glory.

The Defender beat off strong competition from teammate and golden boot winner Leornard Tsipa and FC Platinum’s goalkeeper Petros Mhari , who were named first and second runners- up respectively.

Caps United Coach Lloyd Chitembwe was named the Coach of the Season, reward for leading his team to their first-ever championship since 10 years ago.

FC Platinum’s Petros Mhari, got the Goalkeeper of the Season award, as the champions and runners up dominated the podium.

The winners were voted for by a panel of selectors, who included football writers, coaches and team captains.

The Referee of the Year, voted for by the Zimbabwe Soccer Referees’ Association, is Ruzive Ruzive. His first and second runner-ups are Thomas Kusosa and Salani Ncube.

The night, though, belonged to Zvirekwi, who claimed the top prize mainly due to his consistency throughout the season, leading his team to the title.

Zvirekwi succeeds  former Chicken Inn’s Danny Phiri.

Award Winners

  • 2016 Soccer Star of the year: Hardlife Zvirekwi (Caps United)
  • 1st Runner Up: Leonard Tsipa (Caps United)
  • 2nd Runner up player of the year :Petros Mhari (FC Platinum)
  • Golden Boot Award: Learnard Tsipa (Caps United) – 11 Goals
  • Goalkeeper of the year: Petros Mhari (FC Platinum)
  • Most Promising Young Player of the Year: Prince Dube (Highlanders)
  • Coach of the Year: Lloyd Chitembwe (Caps United)
  • Ruzive Ruzive scoops Referee of the year Award
    Salani Ncube 2nd Runner up, Thomas Kusosa 1st Runner
  • ZPSL Most Disciplined team: How Mine