High­landers court Kalusha Bwalya

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

TI­TLE chas­ing High­landers are plan­ning to in­vite African foot­ball icon Zam­bian Kalusha Bwalya as guest of hon­our at the club’s end of year awards cer­e­mony set for De­cem­ber 2.

Bwalya is also the for­mer Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Zam­bia (FAZ) pres­i­dent and boasts of an African Na­tions Cup medal as as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

High­landers’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede said the club was look­ing at a high pro­file sports per­son­al­ity to grace “our awards night” al­though he de­clined to name the per­son­al­ity.

How­ever, Bosso sources said the per­son­al­ity Gumede de­clined to re­veal is the Zam­bian leg­end.

In the event that they failed to get the sports per­son­al­ity “from Southern Africa”, Gumede said they would turn to an out­stand­ing lo­cal busi­ness per­son­al­ity to be the guest of hon­our.

“We have made over­tures to our po­ten­tial guest of hon­our, but at the mo­ment we have not fi­nalised any­thing. We are look­ing at a high pro­file sports per­son­al­ity or an out­stand­ing busi­ness per­son­al­ity,” said Gumede.

There will be 15 cat­e­gories at the awards cer­e­mony, which will in­clude a Sup­porter of the Year for the first time.

“For the Sup­porter of the Year, we are look­ing at some­one who has al­ways been there for the club; s ome o n e who you can also find at train­ing and matches,” said Gumede.

Be­sides the usual awards, the club has also in­tro­duced the Sup­port­ers’ Player of the Year, while life mem­ber and for­mer vice-chair­man Sikhany­iso Moyo has promised to hon­our the club’s long­est serv­ing player with an un­bro­ken 10 year ser­vice to Bosso, Erick Mudz­ingwa.

Mudz­ingwa has been with High­landers since 2006 and play­ers that achieve such a mile­stone in other coun­tries have tes­ti­mo­nial matches in their hon­our.

Other awards in­clude Player of the Sea­son, Out­stand­ing New­comer, Most Promis­ing Player, Most Dis­ci­plined Player, Top Goal Scorer, likely to go to Tanzania-based Bruce Kangwa, scorer of the most spec­tac­u­lar goal or goals, Goal­keeper of the Sea­son, Play­ers’ Player of the Year, Cap­tain’s Award, Most Con­sis­tent Player, Most Im­proved Player and Best Ju­nior from Di­vi­sion One.

“Our man­ager Vezigama Dlodlo is com­pil­ing statis­tics to find out the player with the most num­ber of min­utes on the field to de­ter­mine the re­cip­i­ent for the Most Con­sis­tent Player. As for the Sup­port­ers’ Player of the Year, our mem­bers will pick up a nom­i­na­tion form, which costs $1 each and come up with their choice. The forms must be in our of­fices by Novem­ber 25,” said Gumede.

He said a ta­ble for 10 peo­ple on the awards night will be go­ing for $400, while an in­di­vid­ual chair will cost $50. — @skhu­moyo2000.

Kalusha Bwalya

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