Jali gets a high-five in PSL awards nomination list dominated by Sundowns

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Andile Jali has been instrumental for Mamelodi Sundowns this season. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
Andile Jali has been instrumental for Mamelodi Sundowns this season. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Andile Jali is nominated for five PSL awards in the list of nominees released by the league on Tuesday.

The 11 categories are dominated by the league champions.

The 32-year-old could walk away with the footballer of the season; DStv Premiership players’ player of the season; DStv Premiership midfielder of the season; MTN8 last man standing; and? Nedbank Cup player of the tournament awards.

In four of the categories, Jali will face off against team-mates Peter Shalulile (in three) and Themba Zwane (in two).

The virtual awards ceremony will be held on May 29 and will be shown live on SuperSport (DStv channel 202) and on SABC.

It has been a remarkable season for Jali, who has featured in 39 matches in all competitions so far this season.

READ: Hugo Broos at peace with leaving in-form Andile Jali out of Bafana Bafana squad

Since the departure of Hlompho Kekana from Sundowns last season, Jali has been a central figure in central midfield for the Brazilians thanks to his defensive and offensive qualities. His role as a combative player has also seen him taking a centre-back role during games, as cover when the Sundowns’ fullbacks are on the overlap.

Jali’s massive contribution is the reason Sundowns – who have already clinched the league and MTN8 titles – are chasing a treble this season.

The Tshwane powerhouse will face Marumo Gallants in the Nedbank Cup final next Saturday (May 28).

There have also been calls for Jali to be included in the Bafana Bafana squad. But the athlete from Matatiele in the Eastern Cape has almost resigned from being called up by Bafana coach Hugo Broos if the media-shy player’s recent radio interview on Marawa Sports Worldwide is anything to go by.

He, however, got a different assessment from the premiership coaches as they were the ones who nominated and voted for the footballer of the season, while his peers forwarded his name for the players’ player gong.

FULL NOMINATION LIST


PSL footballer of the season

Andile Jali (Sundowns)

Peter Shalulile (Sundowns)

Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM)

DStv Premiership players’ player of the season

Jali

Shalulile

Themba Zwane (Sundowns)

DStv Premiership coach of the season

John Maduka (Royal AM)

Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena (Sundowns)

Eric Tinkler (Cape Town City)

DStv Premiership goalkeeper of the season

Hugo Marques (Cape Town City)

Toaster Nsabata (Sekhukhune United)

Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu)

DStv Premiership defender of the season

Grant Kekana (Sundowns)

Lyle Lakay (Sundowns)

Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town)

DStv Premiership midfielder of the season

Jali

Zwane

Mduduzi Mdantsane (Cape Town City)

DStv Premiership young player of the season

Athenkosi Mcaba (Stellenbosch FC)

Kwame Peprah (Orlando Pirates)

Luke Fleurs (SuperSport United)

MTN8 last man standing

Jali

Shalulile

Surprise Ralani (Sundowns)

Nedbank Cup most promising player of the tournament

Keegan Allan (University of Pretoria)

Luvuyo Phewa (University of Pretoria)

Mfundo Thikazi (Royal AM)

Nedbank Cup player of the tournament

Jali

Aubrey Modiba (Sundowns)

King Ndlovu (Marumo Gallants)

DStv Diski Challenge player of the season

Boitumelo Radiopane (Orlando Pirates)

Mduduzi Shabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)


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Daniel Mothowagae 

Deputy sports editor

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Daniel.Mothowagae@citypress.co.za
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