Itumeleng Khune the big winner at SA Sports Awards

2013-11-18 09:08

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Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune has walked away with the prestigious Sports Star of the Year award at the SA Sports Awards at Sun City.

While Khune has done a sterling job in helping Kaizer Chiefs win their first Absa Premiership league title in eight years, his performances in the Bafana jersey have also cast him out as one of the best goalkeepers on the continent.

One of the reasons Bafana Bafana were able to get to the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals was because of Khune’s superb performances. Khune takes home a brand new BMW and R1 million.

He faced stiff competition from swimmer Chad le Clos, cricketer Hashim Amla, wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole and athlete Mapaseka Makhanya but the power of the voters prevailed. It is not a coincidence that Kaizer Chiefs is the most supported club in the country and Khune is now the face of the gold and black.

Unlike the Cricket SA Awards, which were the Amla show, and deservedly so with the peaceful warrior being at the forefront of the test team’s rise to the summit of world cricket, the awards generously awarded those who shone in other codes.

Notable winners were Sithole, junior wheelchair tennis player Thato Tsomole, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and Makhanya, who won the Sports Woman of the Year award.

The Premier Soccer League’s Dr Leepile Taunyane, who passed away recently, was posthumously awarded the Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Betty Magwaza, Hajera Kajee, Mvuzo Mbebe and Kaizer Motaung.

Full list of winners:

Sports Star of the Year: Itumeleng Khune

Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Leepile Taunyane, Kaizer Motaung, Betty Magwaza, Hajera Kajee, Mvuzo Mbebe

Sportsman of the Year: Cameron van der Burgh

Sportswoman of the Year: Mapaseka Makhanya

Coach of the Year: Holger Losch

Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability: Kgothatso Montjane

Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Lucas Sithole

Volunteer of the Year: Zakes Mkhize

Best Newcomer of the Year: Thato Tsomole

Team of the Year: The Proteas

Journalist of the Year: Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Photographer of the Year: Wessel Oosthuizen

Indigenous Games Star of the Year: Simphiwe Maphumulo for morabaraba

Best Recreational Body of the Year: 702 Walk the Talk.

Developing School Team of the Year: Daniye Primary School

Administrator of the Year: Netball SA’s Mimi Mthethwa

School team of the Year: Sol Plaatjie High School

Federation of the Year: Swimming South Africa

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