The football awards poser
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.
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‘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.