Fan Choice Awards: Sports fans to have their say

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We Are The Fan are excited to announce that after 32 days of fan activity on our platform they have the Fan Choice Awards nominees list.

On the August 21st this year they  launched the FCA for the first time in South Africa, as a project that empowers fans to show their appreciation of the hard work done by sports personalities, teams and fans during the previous year of sport.

Fans were invited to register on www.fanchoiceawards.co.za to nominate their favourite candidate in any of the nine categories. “The response of fans to this project was more than we expected,” remarked WTF CEO Lichaba Nthethe, “they used their power to have their say and the message is very clear as you will see on the results.

“Furthermore, we learnt much more listening to fans in the last four weeks than at any other time in our careers in sports media.”

The voting process will take place between 21st September and up to 3rd October. Voting will happen in four rounds, each lasting for three days. At the beginning of every round, they will publish finalists for two categories for fans to vote.

“At the end of day three, we will announce the winner and two new categories whose voting will begin the following morning. The finalists are as follows:

Fan of the Year: Bullie James, Lerato Sharon, Zama K Ngcobo, Itumeleng Lufuno.

Player of the Year: Siya Kolisi (Stormers), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns) Samir Nurković (Kaizer Chiefs), Rhoda Mulaudzi (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC), Ndumiso Mabena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Motebang Sera (Bloemfontein Celtic), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Lukhanyo Am (Sharks).

Coach of the Year: Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ernst Midderndorp (Kaizer Chiefs), Kaitano Tembo (SuperSport United).

Team of the Year: Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Orlando Pirates, Swallows FC, Bloemfontein Celtic.

Young Player of the Year: Sipho Chaine (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sphesihle Maduna (AmaZulu) Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United), Sphelele Mkhulise (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Administrator of the Year: Panyaza Lesufi (Swallows FC), Thandi Merafe (Orlando Pirates), Khumbulani Konco (Bloemfontein Celtic).

Supporters’ Branch of the Year: Kaizer Chiefs Tembisa Central Branch, Mamelodi Sundowns Lotus Branch, Matsatsantsa branch.

National Team of the Year: South Africa National Rugby Team, South Africa Women’s Senior National Team, South Africa National Sevens Team, South Africa U23 Men’s National Team.

*The Fan Choice Awards is a property of We Are The Fan (WTF) and it is hosted with the support of the National Football Supporter’s Association (NAFSA).

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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