Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Marvelous Nakamba Named Zim Foreign Based Player Of The Year 2018!

Marvelous Nakamba Voted Zimbabwe Foreign Based Player Of The Year 2018!
Club Brugge midfield maestro, Marvelous Nakamba has been voted Zimbabwe Foreign based Player of the Year 2018 following an overwhelming number of votes ahead of red hot Leyton Orient forward Macauley Bonne on second, Chinese based Dalian Yifang talisman Nyasha Mushekwi on third, Le Havre A.C's Tinotenda Kadewere -fourth and Kaizer Chiefs' Khama Billiat on the fifth position.

The 24-year-old Hwange-born star has enjoyed a good year for both Club and Country that saw him lifting the Belgian Championship for 2017/18 season and the Belgian Super Cup in 2018 before helping Zimbabwe Warriors to the verge of qualifying to the Africa Cup Of Nations 2019 finals.

Besides the injury he suffered earlier in the year, Nakamba has also had a hand in the UEFA Champions League group stages with Club Brugge playing in 5 of all 6 matches in the group stages where they finished third with 9 points and automatically earning a spot in the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

Nakamba becomes the fifth Zimbabwean to play in the UEFA Champions League after goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar who helped Liverpool win the Cup back in 1984, midfielder maestro Norman Mapeza who played in the Group stages in 1994-05 season with Turkish giants Galatasaray, ex-Warriors skipper Benjani Mwaruwari played in the group stages with French side, AJ Auxxere and also became the first Zimbabwean to score a UEFA Champions League goal for Auxxere against Borussia Dortmund in 2002 and Costa Nhamoinesu who also featured in the group stages of the competition with Czech Republic's AC Sparta in 2015.

England based Macauley Bonne who was named the best runner up, has had a fantastic year as well for his club - Leyton Orient, scoring 28 goals in 2018 alone attracting interest from big clubs in the English premier league including former Champions Leicester City.

Bonne who is still to feature officially for Zimbabwe Warriors is being touted the next Jamie Vardy in the English football after hitting a purple patch in the National League scoring 25 goals in his first season in all competition with the O's before bagging 18 goals in 27 matches in the current season, helping Orient finish 2018 on top of the log with 54 points from 27 matches played.

Nyasha Mushekwi, the second runner up, was voted in third position after an incredible debut year in the Chinese Super League with Dalian Yifang.

Mushekwi who had fallen out of favor after the club's promotion into the Chinese top flight, got his chance under new coach- former Real Madrid mentor Bernd Schuster and the Zimbabwean grabbed his opportunity with both hands- solidifying a starting place in star studded Yifang side.

The former Djurgardens IF forward went on a goal scoring spree for Yifang, scoring 15 goals in 20 matches for the club and helping them avoid relegation after a poor start in the top flight league.

New rising forward, Tinotenda Kadewere was voted third runner up- occupying fourth position after successfully managed to re-ignite his career in 2018.

Having been sidelined in the previous seasons due to series of injuries, the 22-year-old former Harare City forward came back strong in the year 2018 for both club and country where he was part of the 2018 Cosafa Cup winning team.

On the club scene-Kadewere kick-started the Swedish season with Djurgadens IF like a roof on fire scoring 8 goals in 12 matches and helping the team lift the Swedish FA cup -his first European silverware - before attracting interest to French Ligue 2 side, Le Havre AC- where besides the injury that delayed his debut, has managed to settle well scoring 2 goals in seven appearances in all competition so far for the French club ever since he moved from Djurgardens in July 2018.

Khama Billiat who is on the fifth position, had a commendable year for both clubs and the Zimbabwe Warriors where he was influential in the COSAFA Cup 2018 victory helping Zimbabwe to a record seventh regional title.

The 28-year-old who had endured a difficulty time during his last months at Mamelodi Sundowns after failing to extend his contract with the Brazilians, has been one of the positive things at Amakhosi after making a record move from Masandawana where he had won virtually everything with the club

Besides Amakhosi enduring torrid time in the league, Billiat has managed to keep his head up- keeping consistency and helping Kaizer Chiefs to hold on as a unit.

Billiat kick started the year on song,helping Masandawana to another Absa premiership title in July before moving to Amakhosi at the begining of 2018/19 season where he has so far scored 6 goals in all competitions this season for the club.


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