Blue and Yel­low own the PSL awards

African Times - - Sport - VIS­UAL BUZZ SA

The Premier Soc­cer League awards held at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Tues­day night saw Champions Mamelodi Sun­downs as the big winners of the night, as Percy Tau and Pitso Mosi­mane won Foot­baller of the year and Coach of the year re­spec­tively.

Tau also ex­pect­edly won player’s player of the sea­son. The Sun­downs star may have stolen the main gongs but young­ster Siph­e­sihle Ndlovu of Mar­itzburg City’s break­out sea­son was well recog­nised on the night as he de­servedly won the PSL young player of the sea­son and mid­dle fielder of the year awards.

It seemed to be the sea­son for United as they fin­ished fourth in the re­cently con­cluded league, com­peted in the Ned­bank Cup final and they fin­ished in the MTN8 semi-final.

The Team of Choice grew in con­fi­dence af­ter a slow start and looked the real deal by the end of the sea­son. They, along with Polok­wane City, are the only teams to have beaten Sun­downs twice last sea­son. That speaks vol­umes in re­gards with their well-paced im­prove­ment which saw them reap in­di­vid­ual re­wards.

Ndlovu, who like Tau, has a heart of an ele­phant, carry his wiry but skil­ful frame was not the only United player who smiled to the bank at the awards.

The steady pres­ence of Siyanda Xulu at defence earned him the de­fender of the sea­son award while his cap­tain Bevan Frans­man was also nom­i­nated for the same award.

Le­bo­gang Maboe made his foot­balling father proud with his two Ned­bank Cup awards for the most promis­ing player and the player of the tour­na­ment.

It was only fair for Mosi­mane to win the coach of the sea­son award as this should re­ward the coach whose team dis­played the high­est de­gree of con­sis­tency through­out a 30-lap sea­son.

There was small con­so­la­tion for Kaizer Chiefs fans when Itume­leng Khune won the goal­keeper of the sea­son award.

The glitzy awards were all about Tau and his three awards when he shared the spoils with Rod­ney Ra­m­a­galela of Polok­wane City for top goal scorer of the sea­son.

While the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion play-offs me­an­der to their even­tual con­clu­sion on Satur­day in Vosloorus, the curtain has been drawn on the 2017/18 Premier Soc­cer League sea­son.

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