2021 Zambian player of the year power rankings

2021 Zambian player of the year

Here is Zedsoccer look at 10 players likely to be considered for the 2021 Zambian player of the year.

Zanaco, Lusaka Dynamos, Konkola Blades, and Zesco United all sailed through to the semifinals of the 2021 ABSA Cup and this brings one fact into short-focus, the season is closer to its end but who is likely to be crowned 2021 Zambian player of the year?

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Having done the prospects for young player of the year, Zedsoccer, takes you through the player of the season power rankings.

10. SPENCER Sautu (Power Dynamos)

Spencer falls in tenth place and this might come as a surprise to many but despite his quality, he has not been consistent.

Sautu has been looking warm with his displays at Arthur Davies and with Power Dynamos not likely to win any silverware, his chances are as slim as closing this exciting list of top talent.

9. ZIYO Tembo (Zanaco)

Scoring goals wins a team match but not conceding goals win trophies and this is the reason the 2018 Zambian footballer of the year powers himself to 9th in these power rankings.

ZANACO has been solid at the back despite holes in their goal-keeping department and Ziyo Tembo has been rock solid in their last line of defense to say the list.

8. SOUTRA Tshimenga ( Nkana FC)

Nkana received three boxes from hell in Morocco but with a match rating of 8.0, Soutra was the best player on the field and it was not the first time Soutra has been a cut above this season.

Nkana has struggled but Sutra has been having a season of his life. Quick, strong, and direct, he squeezes into 8th on the race to player of the season.

7. MWACHIYABA Akakulubelwa ( Kabwe Warriors FC)

His trademark celebration of speaking to some imaginable watch on his wrist speaks everything. It’s his time and Aka is surely ripe but after crashing out of the ABSA cup and a finish in the top four hanging by the thread, the player of the year crown looks a bit far-fetched for Mwachiyaba. He ranks 7th.

6. TSHITE Mweshi (Leopards)

Some deft first touch, multi-million dollar turn, and a finish for the ages against Lusaka Dynamos summarised the quality in Mweshi. He has been the Leopards killer claws and unmatched speed but like any other leopard, it can only cover some limited mileage before that speed, hunger and desire drastically drops. It has been a fairy tale ride for Mweshi and his Leopards but it looks like they have reached their limit and Mweshi can only rank 6th at least for now.

5. EMMANUEL Mayuka (Napsa Stars)

The 2012 African gold medalist has rolled back the years and his exploits in Africa move him inches close to the high table.

However, Napsa is gasping for breath just above relegation and his 5 goals are not enough to help him win it. Unless he does just more than what we have seen, he remains fifth in these power rankings.

  1. JAMES Chamanga (Red Arrows)

In the fourth position is James Chamanga. Chamanga has been the lifeline of the Red Arrows team that has been average.

To say the least, while he has been exceptional, it’s his team that keeps taking every life out of him.

He has 6 goals to his name and with any title hopes for Red Arrows far beyond their reach, he can only rank fourth.

3. KOLA Quadri ( Forest Rangers)

Forest Rangers could only watch their treasure chest burn as Konkola Blades championed the arson and to mention a Forest Rangers player in the race to player of the season after that uppercut from the stubborn frogs sounds so wrong.
But Quadri Kola has been exquisite in the Rangers attacking third. He has powered in a staggering 8 goals midway the season and this is a milestone for a player who is not a center forward.

  1. MOSES Phiri (Zanaco)

ZANACO has this season expounded some demonstration of weaponry and attacking firepower wrapped in killer football intrigue and Moses Phiri has been ruthless.

His goal against Prison Leopards in the ABSA cup took his tally to 10. A phenomenal run for the ZANACO forward but not enough to put him forward in this race.


Down to number one and our projection of who wins the price is a man who needs no introduction, His positioning, anticipation, aerial dominance and ability to fire from any angle with surgical precission sets him a cut above everyone and he perches on top of the copper chart with a staggering 12 goals. By statiscal feasibility grounded on ZANACO winning the league, Roja Kola must be crowned player of the season.

Rodgers Kola in Action for Zanaco

By Walliey Christiano Mukena

Is a passionate author at Zedsoccer and writes about the Zambian super league.

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