EXILES striker Offrande Zanzala has won an award thanks to his work with County in the Community.

The 27-year-old has been presented with the Professional Footballers Association community champion honour.

The award aims to raise awareness of the support PFA members provide to their club’s community initiatives throughout the season.

Zanzala spent almost a year on the sidelines with ruptured knee ligaments but stayed involved in the game through County in the Community while on the comeback trail.

South Wales Argus: BACK: Offrande Zanzala leading the line for Newport CountyBACK: Offrande Zanzala leading the line for Newport County (Image: PA)

“I am delighted to win this award," said the forward, who made his return to action in January and has since scored three goals in 13 games.

“To be able to help the community is so important to me as I know how much it means to young aspiring footballers to see an example or receive support from a professional.

“I have enjoyed going into schools and to the local football camps to play my part in giving back and representing who I am as a person, as well as representing the club.

“To make a difference in someone’s life and push them that one per cent is the key to becoming a better person and achieving your goals.”

County in the Community chief executive officer Norman Parselle added: “It has been a very frustrating time for ‘Oz’ this past two years with injuries, but every time he attends a community visit he is really engaged in what’s going on.

“He is happy to talk with people about himself and listen to what people themselves have to say, which is brilliant.

“He is always smiling, even if it’s not the best weather or conditions on that day. ‘Oz’ is a worthy winner of the PFA – community champion 2023/24 at Newport County AFC.”