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Akbay says Ndiraya Coach of the Year

HIGHLANDERS Dutch coach Erol Akbay believes Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya was the best coach in the league in the just ended campaign.
This emerged after the PSL published information on how the panellists voted during the selection of the Soccer Stars last month.
The awards are voted for by head coaches from all the 16 Premier League clubs, team captains and a selected panel of football writers.
Traditionally, information on how the panellists voted was kept a secret but in a bid to ensure transparency, the organisers have, for the first time, published data on the voting patterns.
And while at least 12 coaches voted for Lloyd Chitembwe as the Coach of the Year, Akbay whose team was dumped out of the Chibuku Super Cup by Ngezi Platinum thought it was Ndiraya who was the best manager.
Ndiraya, credited for turning around the fortunes of the Platinum miners since joining the midway in the season, led the team to the Chibuku Super Cup success.
Despite Chitembwe leading Caps United to their first league title in 11 years, Akbay thinks it was Ndiraya instead who deserved to be Coach of the year.
The biggest individual accolade in the domestic premiership was won by Caps United right-back Hardlife Zvirekwi who garnered 151 points against first runner up Tsipa’s 108 with Mhari settling for second runners-up position with an accumulative tally of 86 points.
Caps United coach Chitembwe who won his maiden championship with Caps United beating closest challengers FC Platinum to the finishing line in a very close race decided on the last day of the league programme, voted Zvirekwi in first place, Tsipa in second place and Mhari in third place.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza chose midfielder Winston Mhango in first place, goalkeeper Mhari in second while picked Tsipa in third place.
Sunday Chidzambwa voted Tsipa in first place but felt Musona was second best overall in the league and that Mhari deserved third position.
Former Harare City coach Moses Chunga also voted Tsipa in first place, Mhari second and thought Ngezi Platinum defender, Liberty Chakoroma, was the third best player in the league in the just ended season.
X1 Soccer Stars and points obtained:
Hardlife Zvirekwi 151,
Leonard Tsipa 108,
Petros Mhari 86,
Winston Mhango 53,
Peter Mudhuwa 25,
Walter Musona 15,
Ronald Pfumbidzai 12,
Clemence Matawu 9,
Liberty Chakoroma 6,
Gift Mbweti 2,
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