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the clock is slowly tick­ingtic to­wards the end of the sea­son and it is t that time when we look at how our play­ers have­hav been per­form­ing and see­ing who de­serves to be re­warded for their out­stand­ing form. Un­for­tu­nately, it is o one of those sea­sons in which play­ers failed to match the lofty stan­dards of the pre­vi­ous ca cam­paign, but that does not pre­vent Vo­da­com — the league’s spon­sor — from re­ward­ing the play­ers when the sea­son comes to a an end on 14 May 2016. I still re­mem­ber­re­memb last sea­son, judges had a hard ti time choos­ing be­tween Jerry Kamela,Kame tšoanelo Koe­tle and the ev even­tual win­ner of the player-of-the-sea­son­player-of-t award, Litšepe Marabe. and af­ter three play­ers failed­fail to move out­side theth country af­ter that im­pres­siveim 2014/15 cam­paign,ca ex­pec­ta­tion­sti were they would once again fight for hon­ours this sea­son. but it was not to be as it has been a sea­son to for­get for M Marabe at bantu, while Koe­tle has blown hot a and cold for Li­oli. Kamela, on the other hand, has main­tained the same stan­dards and should be among the favourites to win the ac­co­lade this sea­son. the hard­work­ing util­ity player has been at the heart of Li­oli’s suc­cess this sea­son, and scored the goal t hat handed Tse Na Nal l a the LLN LNIG top8 ti­tle at the ex­pense­ex­peens of LCS a fort­night ago. I thinkth the key at­tributes one recog­nises in Kamela are his hu­mil­ity, hard workk work a and de­ter­mi­na­tion to wi win n at al all costs. HisH ex­em­plary at­ti­tude­tit­tud is the rea­son he played­playye al­most ev­ery game for th the na­tional team un­der thenn then coach Seep­hephe Matete and even unu un­der his re­place­ment, Moses Maliehe. Kamela is also a ver­sa­tileverrsa player who can play at left-back and mmi mid­field, which makes him a very valu­able mem­ber­meem of the any team. Likhopo’s Lehlome­laa Lehlomela Ram­a­bele was also out­stand­ing out­stand­ingttdi iin in ththe the fi­first first round of the sea­son and at one stage, led the goal-scor­ing charts. How­ever, the striker hasha since faded away just like his side which at one stage was top of the league ta­ble but has slid to fifth po­si­tion with four games be­fore th the end of the sea­son. but still, Ram­a­bele could­cou have done enough in that first round to ch chal­lenge for the best play­ers of the sea­son aw awards. Kopano tseka has als also had a su­perb sea­son in the heart of the Li Li­oli de­fence. tseka had never re­ally set­tled since ar­riv­ing at Li­oli two sea­sons a ago. but this sea­son, he has re­minded mem of the player I once saw play­ing for the na­tional un­der-20 side a few years a ago. He hash been very solid and it’ it’s not a sur­prise he has fina fi­nally been drafted into the na­tional team, Likuena.

although there here is a ten­dency to over­look de­fend­ers and nd goal­keep­ers for the e playerof-the-sea­son award, I think tseka can push for the top ac­co­lade­o­lade all the way.

there are also play­ers who came fromm nowhere made a dif­fer­ence er­ence for their teams when hen it mat­tered most.

one such play­er­layer is Roboana Koloti of Sun­dawana, who is sec­ond­cond on the goal-scor­ing charts. harts.

the hit-mann is the rea­son Sun­dawana were, at some point, con­tender­snders for the league ti­tle andnd now have a chance of fin­ish­ingh­ing the cam­paign among the top four on the ta­ble.

None­the­less, , the thato and

‘Sun­dawana’ Nko­ne­owned side have done very well to be among the top four teams at the mo­ment, con­sid­er­ing this is just their sec­ond sea­son since buy­ing the sta­tus of then premier league strug­glers Mpha­rane Celtic.ic.

J a n e tha­ban­tšo of Mat­lama has as been fan­tas­tic­tic on his day, but like the rest of his team­mates, has lacked con­sis­tency ency to be crowned the best player in the he league this sea­son.

oth­er­wise, the he left-footed winger has all the at­tribute­ses to be­come a top player in fu­ture.

His team­mate, te, Mote­bang Sera, has also had a good sea­sonason hence he is lead­ing the goal-scor­ing charts harts when he was never a reg­u­lar at Tse Put­soa un­til this sea­son.

the for­ward grabbed the op­por­tu­nity given to him thi­sis sea­son and has en­joyed find­ing the back ck of the net reg­u­larly which has also earned him his first cap for the na­tion­alional team.

I think Seraa has done very well lead­ing thee lines but needs to work on his s fin­ish­ing be­cause he could d have scored more than 20 goals if only he had been more clin­i­cal.

Makara Ntait­sane tait­sane has also shown a lot ot of ma­tu­rity in the colours of LCS this sea­son.

The mid­fielderer has scored im­por­tant goal­sls for Mashesh­ena a hence the team’s ’s third-po­si­tion on the 14-team tableable al­beit seven points adrift of joint-lead­er­sead­ers Li­oli and Mat­lama.ma. ap- sons league ti­tle bantu to be Li­oli’s for the they find fifth po-

sea­son. but I think MokhehleMokhehl has still stillill done doned enough enoughh to beb be coon­sid­con­sid­ered for the hon­ours. an­other aan­oth­erth player play­erl who whoh has hhas shone at Bantu is at­tack­ing mid­fielder, Hlompho Kalake, whose per­for­mance has seen him re­tain­ing his po­si­tion in the Likuena squad. It’s true Kalake has not been in top form like last year when he won the young player of the sea­son award, but still, he can­not be com­pletely ruled out for an award this sea­son. all in all, Kamela has been head and shoul­ders above the rest, and I think he de­serves to walk away with the player of the sea­son award. Mean­while, there would also be play­ers’ player of the year, young player of the year, goal­keeper of the year and top goal-scorer of the year awards.

Jerry Kamela.

Litšepe Marabe.

tšoanelo Koe­tle.

Jane tha­ban­tšo

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