The curtain comes down on the Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Sunday and FARPost runs the rule over the men in between the sticks.
Without a doubt, every competitive club needs a top-notch shot-stopper guarding the goalposts. Good jumping, excellent distribution, solid catching, brilliant agility, and strong punching – you name it. So, who’s made the most impact from the goalposts?
6. Ricardo Goss
The Bidvest Wits goalkeeper kept his 10th clean sheet of the season after his side defeated Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 on Sunday night. The 26-year-old has played 18 League games, conceding 10 goals with a total of 1620 minutes played and has maintained a 50% clean sheets rate.
5. Daniel Akpeyi
The Nigerian international goalkeeper has been outstanding for Amakhosi in the absence of Mzansi’s number one (Itumeleng Khune) this season. His goalkeeping abilities, consistency and international experience has made him one of the best goalkeepers in the PSL. Akpeyi has 10 clean sheets, conceding 23 goals, having appeared in 25 matches with a total of 2177 minutes played and boasts a 40.0% clean sheet ratio.
4. Veli Mothwa
The ’Chilli Boys’ shot-stopper has managed to make a remarkable comeback to the game after he spent 3 years without playing football. His patience, hard work, and determination has finally paid off, as he’s now Chippa United’s first choice goalkeeper. Mothwa has participated in 18 League games, conceding 14 goals, playing a total of 1620 minutes with 10 clean sheets and obtained a 56% clean sheet rate.
3. Wayne Sandilands
Sandilands put on a Man of the Match performance on Saturday when he helped Orlando Pirates beat Matsatsantsa 2-1, their first ever win since the resumption of the PSL games. The 37-year-old saved two penalties against SuperSport United. Sandilands kept his 11th clean sheet against Maritzburg United last night. He appeared in 26 games, conceding 19 goals, playing a total of 2340 minutes and has a 42% clean sheet rate.
2. Richard Ofori
The Ghanaian has featured in 27 league games, playing a total of 2430 minutes, conceding 21 goals with 11 clean sheets and has a 41% clean sheets rate this season. The Ghanaian international has proven his competency between the sticks and what he can bring to table when given a chance to play. Ofori has successively gained the trust of his mentor, Eric Tinkler.
1. Ronwen Williams
Williams has been outstanding and consistent this season, having not missed any of his club’s fixtures. It even makes sense that he was rewarded with the captain’s armband following the departure of Dean Furman. The 28-year-old has been with club for the past 16 years, starting as an academy player and has over 300 appearances for Matsatsantsa. Williams walked away with the 2018/2019 Goalkeeper of the Season accolade after defeating Peter Leeuwenburgh and Denis Onyango of Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively. The SuperSport skipper has appeared in 29 League games, playing a total of 2610 minutes, conceding 24 goals, and keeping 13 clean sheets. His feat easily converts into a 45% clean sheets rate.
So, the big question now is that, who will win the 2019/20 PSL Goalkeeper of the Season?
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By Mauwane Raophala