ENTERPRISING Zimbabwean defender plying his trade in Zambia, Zimiseleni Moyo got an early Christmas present when he won an award at Zesco United last week.
Report By Brian Nkiwane
The former Railstars defender was voted Player-of-the-Month for September by his teammates.
Moyo posted on his Facebook page thanking his teammates, friends, wife and kid for the support.
“It’s not every day that one gets recognition in a foreign land like I have done today by being awarded with the Player of the Month award,” wrote Moyo.
Moyo pocketed US$200 prize money and a shield.
In an interview with Standardsport from his base in Zambia, Moyo said:
“All praise must be given to God. Zesco United finished the season on third position as well as in the semifinals of the Barclays Cup. This is my first award. I think I have been doing well for the club as I was voted second best player for coming up with the second highest number of goal assists. I was beaten to the first prize by Winston Kalengo, who is an outright striker.”
Moyo once challenged former Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo to give him a chance in the Warriors set up after watching the Warriors team of locally-based players playing Zambia in Ndola this year.
He claimed that at one point Zambia national team coach Herve Renard had shortlisted him for national team call up, only to be told on the last minute that he was Zimbabwean.
“I wonder why national team coaches from other countries are able to notice talent while those from your country would just see you as an ordinary person. I have never won an award in Zimbabwe but I have achieved this in a foreign land.”
Moyo applauded Premier Soccer League leadership in Zimbabwe for their efforts to make the league competitive.
“I have noticed that our local league has improved a lot. I think it’s high time I come back home and join one of the big teams. I have a mandate to pay back those who have been behind my success even in times of hardships. Remember at one point I had to dump football for menial jobs in South Africa. I was a contract worker,” added Moyo.
He paid tribute to his wife Charmaine Dube and child Makhamahle for his success.