One of Zimbabwe Republic Police’s top athlete, Luckson Mhara capped 2017 on a high note after being voted the second referee runner up at the Castle Premier Soccer League Awards held in Harare recently.

Mhara, a Sergeant Major stationed at Harare Central Business District (CBD) Traffic Section was ecstatic about the win but was quick to point out that he is aiming to be the best referee in the country.

“I am happy for the achievement, but my main aim is to improve and scoop better awards in the next season,” he said.

During the just ended season Mhara officiated four international matches. These are Supersport United of South Africa versus Elgeco Plus of Madagascar, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland versus Platinum Stars of South Africa and Royal United of Rwanda versus Rivers United of Nigeria.

He also presided over two international friendly matches, Zimbabwe versus Zambia and South Africa versus Zambia.

In local premiership, he was also the arbitrator in matches between Dynamos and Caps United and the Chibuku Super Cup Final featuring Harare City and How Mine.

Mhara, who is a Class 1 FIFA Referee and one of ZRP’s brand ambassadors, started refereeing in 2006 while stationed at Rusape Information Communication Technology (ICT). He was promoted into Class 1 ZIFA in 2012.

His light continued to shine when he was nominated to be on the FIFA Panel in 2016 but before the promotion he used to be a track athlete who competed in the 400m and 800m races. He represented ZRP at the Southern African Police Chiefs Cooperation (SARPCCO) games six times where he brought home several medals.

Mhara had a piece of advice to fellow policemen who want to be successful in sport.

“Be disciplined and have the ability to be able to correctly interpret the laws of the game. Also give yourself time to train. Don’t wait for the trainer to push you, you are also a trainer.”

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