Strikers Jesse Were and Lazarous Kambole were the biggest winners at the Zesco United end of year awards gala at Mukuba Hotel in Ndola.
Kenyan, Were, who scored 23 goals in the 2017 season, accounted for a brace of awards when was crowned Top Scorer and Footballer of The Year while his strike partner Kambole was named the most improved and the most valuable player for United.
This is the second time the lanky Were is bagging the Top Scorer gong after dominating the scorer’s chart at both club and national level in his first season in the MTN/FAZ league last year.
Both Were and Kambole were instrumental in helping Zesco wrestle the FAZ/MTN Super League crown from 2016 champions Zanaco. The Ndola side also won the season opening curtain raise, the Charity Shield.
The most disciplined player award went to Ivorian Ben Banh while the Fans Player of The Year accolade went to long serving club midfielder Kondwani Mtonga.
Chipolopolo defender Fackson Kapumbu’s eye-catching performances this season were rewarded with the most consistent player award while the Chairman’s award went to assistant coach, Tenant Chembo.
Kapumbu was the ever present member of the team in the title winning campaign which also saw him get shortlisted for the CAF African Footballer of The Year award for players based in Africa.
Chembo’s recognition with the Chairman’s award was for guiding Zesco to their sixth Super League crown in in as many years and for steadying the side from a mid-season slump in form that prompted the sidelining of head coach Zlatko Krmpotic.