Zodiak Broadcasting Services (ZBS) sports desk, has organized to name, footballer of the year, as a way to appreciate the emergence of the talent that 2011 has produced.
ZDB sports broadcaster Mike Bango, told Nyasa Times that the initiative aims at involving their sports listeners to appreciate the players, whom they think they have done an exceptional job in 2011.
“This is an initiative which has been organized by ZBS sports desk, as a way to involve our listeners to help us select those players which have been outstanding this year. In 2011, we have witnessed the emergence of a lot of very good young talented players, so that’s why we want to honour them,” he said.
Bango clarified that, they have set this initiative, only as a way just to credit the footballer, who has caught the attention of the fans.
He clearly said that they have not set any prize for the winner, but he welcomed any kind of assistance that the well wishers might want to offer the winner as a way to appreciate his talent.
“Our main aim for setting up this idea is that we want to encourage these footballers, and we have not set any prize which will be given. But if there are some well wishers out there, who they feel they have something that they can give the winner, no matter how small it might be, they should come forward,” he explained
The broadcaster also added that, the winner will be announced on Saturday morning December 31 and voting will be closed on the same day 6:00 am.
“Voting for the winner will be closed on Saturday 6:00 am and during our 8:05 sports program will know who really impressed the fans most. As I said, this is a sports desk initiative. We can make this event very big, just as the BBC African footballer of the year award is, so that these players can get encouraged. We hope that next year, we can improve, “he said
The shortlisted footballers are; John Banda (Blue Eagles), Ishmael Thindwa (EPAC United), Asedi Ayami (Silver Strikers), Ndaziona Chatsalila and Charles Swini (ESCOM United), Henry Kabichi (Big Bullets), Foster Namwera (Mighty Wanderers), Isaac Maluwa (Azam Tigers), Andy Simkonda (Moyale) and Martin Masoatheka (Civo).