Rod­well signs off in style

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Chinyengetere had an op­er­a­tion which saw a pin in­serted on his leg which he played with un­til it was re­moved in 2016 when he was now at FC Plat­inum.

Fast for­ward to 2018, Chinyengetere has just made his­tory, be­com­ing the first player to win the Soc­cer Star of the Year award for two years in a row since the Pre­mier Soc­cer League came into be­ing in 1993. Chinyengetere was last Fri­day crowned the best foot­baller in the land, see­ing off the chal­lenge of Lameck Nhamo of Tri­an­gle and FC Plat­inum team­mate Kevin Moyo.

The 30-year-old was the driv­ing force in FC Plat­inum suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing their ti­tle. His 17 goals saw him walk away with the Golden Boot Award and those charged with the duty of se­lect­ing the Soc­cer Stars deemed that he was the best player on dis­play on the do­mes­tic scene.

Chinyengetere has now joined the leg­endary Ge­orge Shaya of Dy­namos and Peter Ndlovu of High­landers as the only play­ers to have won the Soc­cer of the Year gong for two sea­sons in a row. Shaya won the award from 1975 up to 1977 hav­ing landed it in 1969 and 1972. Ndlovu shared the ac­co­lade with Ge­orge Nechi­ronga of Ca­pus United in 1990 be­fore he won it on his own the fol­low­ing year.

“It’s a great achieve­ment, I feel happy, I am hon­oured to have this. It was all about those who were choos­ing, my­self I had to do the work of which I did. It’s a great achieve­ment, I think it’s the work of the Almighty,’’ Chinyengetere said.

He walked away with $7 000 from the awards cer­e­mony, $5 000 for be­ing the Soc­cer Star and $2 000 for be­ing the Golden Boot win­ner. While in 2017, it was a close call be­tween Chinyengetere and Moyo, this year the for­mer was just out­stand­ing with no doubts what­so­ever that he will be crowned the best in the PSL come last Fri­day.

Chinyengetere re­cently signed up with South African premier­ship side Baroka and will join his new team in Jan­uary. He de­scribed it as a new chal­lenge for him and hopes the two Zim­bab­weans al­ready at Baroka, Tal­ent Chawapiwa as well as Elvis Chipezeze will help him set­tle in.

With his con­tract at FC Plat­inum ex­pir­ing at the end of De­cem­ber, the Zim­bab­wean cham­pi­ons will cer­tainly look to get the best out of him when they take on AS Otôho of Congo-Braz­zav­ille over two legs in the Caf Cham­pi­ons League.

“It’s a new chal­lenge, there is a lit­tle bit of pres­sure but I hope I will ac­cli­ma­tise, the other guys who are there Tal­ent (Chawapiwa) and Elvis (Chipezeze) will as­sist. I am not yet sure (when I am leav­ing), I am still with FC Plat­inum,’’ he said.

There is no doubt that Chinyengetere’s re­cov­ery from that hor­ren­dous in­jury to go on and win the Soc­cer Star of the Year in two con­sec­u­tive sea­sons can in­spire a lot of lo­cal play­ers.

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