Writers to select best 11

HARARE - THE Sports Writers Association of Zimbabwe (SWAZ), a panel of football writers who select the outstanding 11 players at the end of each season, is set to meet on Saturday in Kwekwe to select the 2010 Soccer Stars of the Year finalists.

The panel is also set to choose the finalists for the Coach of the Year and Referee of the Year. The Soccer Star of the Year will be announced at banquet while 11 finalists will be released at the end of the selection this weekend.

However, the countys football writers have the biggest task of trying to come out with the best 11 players after some of them took part in the infamous match-fixing scandal dubbed Asiagate. Most outstanding players for this season including Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi, striker Benjamin Marere and Daniel Vheremu are believed to have taken part in the Asian tours and might fall by the wayside if the panelists stick to the rules and regulations governing the selection.

A Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) probe team has already produced a damning report on the match-fixing scandal that rocked the Warriors but the football association has not taken action against the players who took part in the scam.

According to the SWAZ rules and regulations any player who behaves in an unsporting behaviour is disqualified from selection.

SWAZ chairman said there was a possibility that players involved in the controversial Asia games would be disqualified.

Its not in the interests of SWAZ to reward culprits of match-fixing no matter how good they are on the field of play, Nyoni said. “We will sit down and see which players qualify which players do not qualify.

Gunners marksman Norman Maroto, who is also the Premiership’s top goalscorer with an incredible 18 league goals, is among the favourites while Lengthens’ Norest Mukwezaramba one of the youth players at the side should also be considered after putting on a stellar performance despite coming on as a second half substitute on many occasions. Dynamos’ Ashley Rambanepasi also has a strong say in the overall Soccer Star of the Year award.

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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