The best of the first half

HARARE With the Premier Soccer League season halfway through, The Zimbabwean on Sunday's William Ndiraire, takes a look at some of the players who have been outsanding during the first half of the season:

Maloni Jani, Motor Action: The Mighty Bulls shot stopper has had a stellar first half season. He has shwon excellent ability between the poles which has seen him conceding only nine goals in the 18 matches the team has played. Jani is undoubtedly one of the reasons why Motor Action are leading the pack with a total of 42 points, while Dynamos trail them with 33 points. It is surprising why the Mighty Bulls goalminder has failed to attract the attention of national team coaches.

Guthrie Zhokinyu, Dynamos: A top-drawer defender who was the shining beacon in the DeMbare backline in the first half of the season. The former Shooting Stars player has fitted in well into the Dynamos side since moving to the Glamour boys at the beginning of the season. Reliable and sure-footed, Zhokinyu has never shown any signs of being overawed by playing for one of the country’s biggest clubs and if he continues with his form, he will have a strong claim for a slot in the Soccer Stars of the Year line-up.

Ashley Rambanepasi, Dynamos: The workaholic midfielder is one of the key reasons why Dynamos are on second position on the league table with three games in hand. The former CAPS United captain joined bitter rivals Dynamos at the start of the season in a move that was as shocking as it was surprising and has helped transform Dynamos into a well oiled machine in the middle of the park which was the teams Archilles Heel. He has always represented his club with both pride and distinction a performance which has earned him a call up to the Warriors.

Allan Gahadzikwa, Motor Action: The Mighty Bulls midifelder is the heart beat of coach Joey Antipas’s team. If he catches a cold, the whole team coughs. He has shone brightly for Motor Action in the first half of the season and if he doesnt let the accolades get into his head cool, he is certainly destined for greater heights.

Evans Gwekwerere: Dynamos: He might not be a skillful player in the mould of Knowledge Musona but the Dynamos striker is a goal getter. He is a typical goal poacher type and has so far netted six goals for Dynamos, excluding a goal in the game against Highlamders last Suinday that was abandoned due to crowd trouble when DeMbare were leading 2-1. Gwekwerere had a fairly good first half season.

John Kapenya, Hwange: A steady defender who is seems to be getting better with each outing. He has provided a much needed defensive shield for the coalminers as they try to bring their glory days of many years ago when visiting the colliery was the hardets part of the season for any team. Kapenya had a fairly good first half season and should he continue with his form, he might find himself among the eleven soccer star of the year finalists come the end of the season.

Eric Mudzingwa, Highlanders: The Highlanders striker has been one of the best performers for a Bosso side that has been at best mediocre. He has also been scoring goals including many assists. Mudzingwa had a good first half season despite the fact that his team has remained a pale shadow of their usual self.

Norman Maroto, Gunners: The Gunners marksman has been in top form in the first half of the season, scoring an incredible 13 league goals in 16 games. He is a firm candidate to win the Golden Boot Award at the end of the season after missing it narrowly to former CAPS United man Nyasha Mushekwi.

Nyasha Mukumbi, CAPS United: He has been a defense pillar for the Green Machine and has managed to steady the ship even after the loss of Method Mwanjali to South African Premiership giants Mamelodi Sundowns. He had a fairly good first half season.

Douglas Walaza, CAPS United: put up a good showing in the first half the season in which he was also played as a striker and even scoring goals although he is naturally a defender. He needs to keep a cool head if he is to scale dizzy heights that he could with his obvious talent.

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