A PSL season to forget

2014-05-11 15:00

Absa Premiership coaches came up with just five different choices for the footballer of the season award, which is all very well, but the huge number of names put forward by the players is worrying.

City Press has learnt more than 50 different names were submitted by players for the players’ player of the season award, a clear indication of how forgettable the 2013/14 season was. It was a daunting task to come up with even three deserving individuals as no player was outstanding or dominant, as in previous campaigns.

Bidvest Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi (24), who was nominated in three categories, should fancy his chances

of walking away with at least two awards.

The midfielder is vying for the players’ player, the footballer of the season and the Nedbank Cup player of the tournament awards. He was instrumental in Wits finishing third in the league and reaching Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates.

Next weekend’s awards ceremony may not proceed without?controversy after crowd favourite, Sundowns’ Teko Modise, failed to make the footballer of the season short list. The award carries a whopping R250?000 cash prize.

While his peers deemed him fit for the players’ player accolade, coaches who voted for footballer of the season did not think he deserved it, preferring his team-mate and captain Alje Schut.

Kaizer Chiefs strongman Willard Katsande, who has improved on his sometimes reckless play and is now a more clinical footballer, is another contender.

Modise was tipped by many to walk away with this

award after his sterling performances this season. He controversially won the inaugural footballer of the season award in 2008/09 while at Pirates and would feel hard?done by if he goes home with nothing after steering the Brazilians to their first Absa Premiership title in seven years.

His boss, Pitso Mosimane, is likely to win the coach of the season mantle after steering Downs to their first trophy since 2008.

Mosimane faces stiff competition from Clive Barker, who has transformed Mpumalanga Black Aces into a force this season; and Stuart Baxter, whose Kaizer Chiefs team led the way for long stretches, only to throw it away in the end.

Ajax Cape Town’s faith in their youngsters could pay dividends as two of their players, Abbubaker Mobara and Keagan Dolly, will vie for the young player of the season award with Bloemfontein Celtic’s Gabadini Mhango.

Ajax goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is challenging Itumeleng Khune and Moeneeb Josephs for the best goalkeeper award.

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