Mamelodi Sundowns forward Percy Tau walked away with three awards and R462, 000 richer, while coach Pitso Mosimane was named Coach of the Season at the Premier Soccer League Awards on Tuesday evening, writes DEAN WORKMAN.
The mercurial forward led his team to the Absa Premiership crown by scoring a league-high 11 goals, while also amassing an impressive 15 assists. The Bafana Bafana striker also won the Players’ Player of the Season and was honoured as the league’s top goalscorer.
Tau fought off competition from his teammate Hlompho Kekana and Siphesihle Ndlovu of Maritzburg United for the Footballer of the Season award while also beating Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates and Ndlovu to the Players’ Player of the Season award.
Mosimane was the man behind a record eighth PSL title at Downs and pipped two worthy candidates in Milutin Sredojevic and Fadlu Davids. Micho led Orlando Pirates to a second-place finish, improving on an 11th-place finish from the season before, while Davids led Maritzburg United to a best-ever fourth-place finish and the final of the Nedbank Cup.
Mosimane, however, was a worthy winner considering the tough schedule which he managed to navigate as the Brazilians did battle on a number of fronts, including challenging in the Caf Champions League.
Tau walked away with R250,000 for the Footballer of the Season and R200,000 for the Players’ Player of the Season, while Mosimane was awarded R75,000.
• MTN 8 Last Man Standing: Ronwen Willams (SuperSport United)
• Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits)
• Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player: Lebogang Maboe (Maritzburg United)
• Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Lebogang Maboe (Maritzburg United)
• Multichoice Diski Challenge Most Precious Find: Siboniso Conco (Golden Arrows)
• Multichoice Diski Shield Player of the Tournament: Itumeleng Shopane (Kaizer Chiefs)
• Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)
• Absa Premiership Defender of the Season: Siyanda Xulu (Maritzburg United)
• Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg United)
• Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg United)
• Absa Premiership Goal of the Season: Siphelele Magubane (Golden Arrows)
• Absa Premiership Players player of the Season: Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
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