Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 striker Takunda Benhura and Herentals U20 coach Paul Benza ended the Northern Region Soccer League the way they started. With a bang!
Benhura who was on fire at the start of the season scoring six goals in three matches before he was elevated to the senior team in January where injury affected him before returning to the developmental side in August was named the BreakFont Car Hire and Travel Player of the Month for September as well as scooping the Tempo Tyre Top Goal Scorer of the Month for September.
Benhura scored eight goals in four matches in September grabbing two hat-tricks against Banket United and Golden Valley before scoring a brace against Karoi United.
Benhura who was the first recipient of the two awards at the beginning of the year, said this serves as a consolation for his season which was blighted by injuries.
“I want to thank God for these two awards they mean a lot to me especially looking at the past season. I started well and got elevated to the senior team but got affected by injuries. So I was send back to the developmental side for rehabilitation and scoring eight goals in four matches is something special,” Benhura said.
“I want to thank the Almighty for this because my confidence is back and my career is back on track again. I also want to thank my teammates for the support and to the coaches for helping me during this rehabilitation from injury. I’m now looking forward to the future with so much optimism.”
Herentals U20 coach Paul Benza who was the first beneficiary of the M& J Consultants Coach of the Month award closed the season as the winner taking over from Simba Bhora’s Arthur Tutani with whom he has only exchanged the award this season. The duo have won it three times each.
Benza who had an outstanding season with The Students limped to the second position finish in the month of September after a knee operation.
“It was an honour being the first coach to win the award in the 2022 season, being the first coach to win it twice in June and now winning it the third time and closing the season with this glorious award means a lot to me. It shows the consistency of the team from the beginning of the season till the end,” Benza said.
” I’m highly honored to win the award at the end considering that I was operated on my knee and pushed in crutches at training sessions and games and have managed to be honored through our positive results.”
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