FC Platinum Midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere became the third player to become Soccer of Star Year in two consecutive seasons after winning the accolade in 2017 and 2018. The other two winners are Dynamos legend Gorge Shaya who won it five times and Highlanders’ former flying winger Peter Ndlovu.
Chinyengetere came back from a horrific leg injury when he collided with Monomotapa goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi in 2012. He has now won the Golden Boot as well as being a winner of the Premier League title twice with FC Platinum. Speaking to the Sunday Mail about his leg break six years ago, Chinyengetere said
I wouldn’t be here had it not been for the miracles that have happened since l suffered that injury. I would like to believe that God had planned it this way.
… It is a big achievement to be mentioned amongst Ndlovu and Shaya but to be frank, I don’t think I would have won it during their era. I have done it in my generation and I am happy.
… My family supported me and my wife played a pivotal role in my rehabilitation as she would encourage me to go to the gym. She kept assuring me that in God’s name I would bounce back and achieve a lot.
Chingetere’s wife, Rachel Mamvura, had this to say about the recently-crowned Soccer Star of the Year:
Surprisingly, he came off from the career-threatening injury a better player than he was and to me, it’s a miracle that he has managed to achieve all this.
… He is a quiet guy and you can think that he is unwelcoming, but he is a compassionate person and spends most of his time watching television.
He rarely attends church, but he supports the church programs.
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