Zimbabwe Digital News
In one of the most mismatched nominations in recent years, five Zimbabwean footballers plying their trade in South Africa, have been nominated to compete in the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA SA) competition.
Voting for the nominees commenced this week and will run until March 20, with the much anticipated awards taking place at the Sandton Hilton Hotel on Saturday April 6.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.zimachievers.com/sa.
Organisers released the full list of nominees this week, and observers quickly circled one of the new categories, revealed this year as the Peter Ndlovu SA-based footballer of the year award.
While the name of Kaizer Chiefs striker Khama Billiat will have surprised no-one, it is the names of his fellow competitors in this category that will be a talking point.
Billiat is miles ahead of any of his nominees, with both Nyasha Munetsi and Kuda Mahachi full value in the competition as they are getting a lot of football action at Orlando Pirates.
However the competition for votes may prove to be an uphill battle for the remaining Zimbabwean footballers in the SA premier league, as Talent Chawapiwa and Tapuwa Kapini – by virtue of playing for the lower ranking teams – AmaZulu and Highlands Park – could find it difficult to garner the numbers to win the Zim-SA Soccer Star of the year – ahead of the likes of the high-flying Billiat who is never far from the newspapers headlines.
Zim-SA based sports stars have certainly forced their way onto the top table of nominees at this year’s Zim Achievers as Tapiwa Mafura (rugby), Kaitano Tembo (football coach), Themba Gorimbo (MMA fighter) and Stephen Bhasera (rugby) also find themselves in the news as nominees for the Sports Personality of the year award.
This year’s event is sponsored by Zororo-Phumulani who signed a three-year sponsorship deal with ZAA.
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