Blue and Yellow own the PSL awards
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.