Ex-Chiefs man wins awards overseas

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Teenage Hadebe has ended the year in the USA’s Major League Soccer on a high by picking up two awards justifying his value as a designated player on a better package than most of his teammates.

The former Kaizer Chiefs defender only joined MLS club Houston Dynamo at the beginning of July after excelling at Turkish Super Lig club Yeni Malatyaspor through the two years he spent there after arriving from Chiefs.

Seventeen appearances into his stay with the MLS Western Conference club Houston Dynamo the lanky defender has now bagged two accolades from the club’s end of season awards held on Wednesday.

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Hadebe was named the Newcomer of the Year and Defender of the Year for what he did in the 17 games that he played until he was injured in October.

His game numbers show that.

Zimbabwe international has now been nominated for two awards for the 2021 MLS end of year awards.

Hadebe’s name is the hat for the MLS Defender of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year.

He was also amongst the players shortlisted for the same two awards in MLS but didn’t make the final cut of nominees.

According to Houston Dynamo, the 26-year-old led the team with clearances (73) and recoveries (97) in the games he played until the injury that he suffered in October.

Across the season he had the third-highest mark in recoveries and fifth-most interceptions for the year with 31. 

Though Houston struggled for most of the season finishing bottom of the Western Conference and failing to reach the final series play-offs, Hadebe’s presence was felt as he put in impressive shifts.  

Having arrived as a designated player, Hadabe is one of the highest earners at Houston.

He is currently back home in Bulawayo in the off-season.

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