The disrupted 2019/20 has a few men who excelled on either side of the Covid-19 enforced break. FARPost runs the rule over the men who were consistent last season and stand the chance of walking away with the PSL Player of the Season accolade.
5. Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates)
The Malawian international brought his A-game last season to help his team finish third on the PSL log standings. The deceptive striker featured in 28 league games and weighed in with one assist with 16 goals which led him to finish the season as the league’s joint-top goalscorer with Peter Shalulile. Many teams suffered in the hands of the Soweto giants’ hitman. Who can forget his astonishing hat-trick against Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium? Undoubtedly, his game endurance is what kept him going throughout the season.
4. Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The Zebediela-born midfielder has proven to be an influential figure for the Brazilians, given the fact that his goal-scoring strikes have been hard to come by in the PSL. To substantiate that, his thunderbolt strike against Cape Town City on the 20th of August 2019 has been nominated for PSL Goal of the Season. The Mamelodi Sundowns skipper played 27 league games, scored three goals with four assists. The 35-year-old broke Daine Klate’s record of the most decorated player in the PSL by winning the league title seven times, joined by his two teammates Denis Onyango and Anthony Laffor, who have also won it seven times. He led Pitso Mosimane’s troops with such aplomb as they fought to eventually overthrow Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the table.
3. Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park)
The Namibian international would leave defenders perplexed as he ran off to the corner to celebrate after scoring with his educated left foot, slicing through the most compact of defences in the league. Shalulile was outstanding and consistent last season, having not missed any of his club’s fixtures. He appeared in 30 league games and scored 16 goals with two assists for Highlands Park, who sold their PSL status to TS Galaxy FC.
2. Samir Nurković (Kaizer Chiefs)
Samir Nurković is a man who should be proud that he was able to reach double figures in his first season at Amakhosi. Many come and go without reaching his milestone. The Phefeni Glamour Boys goalscorer played 26 league games, netting 13 goals with six assists. Nurković made Chiefs’ attack tick and proven to be dangerous in set-pieces as his good in the air.
1. Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
The Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana midfielder has won the inaugural men’s Footballer of the Year award from the South African Journalists’ Association (SAFJA) after an impressive season he has had. Will this be the sign that his chances of walking away with the PSL Player of the Season accolade are very high? Without a doubt, his agility and ability to overlap to supply crosses with precision for his teammates and also score goals make him standout. Mshishi, as he is popularly known, played 25 league games and scored 11 goals with 8 assists for the Tshwane-based outfit. His stellar performances saw Masandawana clinch their 10th PSL title.
*The PSL is expected to announce the award nominees on October 15.
By Mauwane Raophala