Silverware for top Warriors

2015-07-01 06:05
THE African Warriors players who received awards at the team’s awards ceremony at the Qwaqwa Cultural House in Phuthaditjhaba. From the left are Nkosinathi Myeni, most improved player of the season, Vusimuzi Maghaghula, players’ player of the season,

THE African Warriors players who received awards at the team’s awards ceremony at the Qwaqwa Cultural House in Phuthaditjhaba. From the left are Nkosinathi Myeni, most improved player of the season, Vusimuzi Maghaghula, players’ player of the season,

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – After spending seven years in the National First Division (NFD), African Warriors hosted its first ever awards ceremony at the Qwaqwa Cultural House in Phuthaditjhaba on Thursday (25/06).

The ceremony was aimed at rewarding the players who had worked hard during the 2014-’15 season. A season in which Maihlome Ihlasele survived relegation by inches, thanks to Garankuwa United and the Maluti FET College being relegated to the ABC Motsepe League in their respective provinces.

The Qwaqwa-based outfit was promoted to the NFD in the 2006-’07 season after having won the Vodacom League’s national play-offs.

Ange Lebahi, the tall Warriors centre back, was the big winner, as he scooped the player of the season award.

The Ivory Coast-born defender, who has been with the team for the past seven years, played the most games in the 2014-’15 season. He was pivotal in guiding the team out of the relegation zone and he scored four goals.

Other players who won awards were Reason Chiloane (top goal scorer), Vusimuzi Maghaghula (players’ player of the season), Nkosinathi Myeni (most improved player of the season) and Themba Dhladhla (young player of the season).

Lebahi said he was happy to win the award, but dedicated it to the rest of the team. “I don’t deserve the award. I think we all deserve it because we fought as a team,” Lebahi said. He said last season had been one of the most difficult seasons he had played since he had arrived at Warriors.

“We had to fight for our lives and we found the team on the wrong side of the table. We don’t want to keep on fighting relegation. We have learnt our lesson and we will make sure that we work hard next season to drive the team to the Absa Premier League.”

Lekgetho Mosikatsana, chairperson, told Express Goldfields andamp; NFS

they had decided to award the players after they had fought hard to survive relegation.

“I think the players deserve to be rewarded. It was the first time that the team had found itself in that position. We, however, believe that we will never find ourselves in that position again.”

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