PSL defend Modise’s footballer award

2008-05-27 00:00

THE Premier Soccer League has defended the choice of Orlando Pirates playmaker Teko Modise as Footballer of the Season, and stressed that the process in selecting the player for the award was fair and legitimate.

Modise won R250 000 for the new award that is granted to the best player in all domestic competitions — that is, the league and three major cup competitions.

However, the selection has been queried by the media and several PSL coaches, who point to the jaded playmaker’s declining form in the second half of the season, and the poor performance of Pirates in finishing eighth in the league.

The fact that the award is for all domestic competitions also does not strengthen Modise’s case. Pirates did reach the final of the SAA Supa 8, where they lost against Mamelodi Sundowns, but were booted out in the first rounds of both the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has been put forward as a more suitable winner of the award, for helping a struggling Chiefs concede the least goals in the league (20 in 30 games) and finish in sixth place. Amakhosi also won the Telkom Knockout, where Khune was Player of the Tournament.

A statement released by the PSL yesterday read: “The league would like to reiterate that the process used to determine the winner was a fair and democratic process. All the PSL coaches were asked to submit three names in order of priority.

“The first choice would be awarded three points, second choice two points and the third choice one point. These were all tallied up and the winner was Teko Modise.”

PSL CEO Kjetil Siem was quoted as saying: “I’m very surprised and disappointed to read in the papers that some coaches have aired their disapproval over the PSL Footballer of the Year. It’s certainly not fair play, as the winner represented the votes made by all the coaches.

“I also think it’s unfair and disrespectful to the player concerned that certain members of the media are questioning the decision and making a concerted effort to discredit the player and the process.

“In some cases, these very journalists raising their concern have sat on judging panels for the Absa Premiership Awards and have first-hand knowledge of how close Modise was to scooping other awards.”

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