24 May 2010
SuperSport United defender Morgan Gould was named South Africa’s Premier Soccer League Player of the Year at a function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Sunday evening.
He was up against Katlego Mphela and Elias Pelembe, both of Mamelodi Sundowns, for the title, which was voted on by the coaches of the 16 PSL clubs. They unanimously agreed that Gould was choice. It was worth R250 000 to the defender.
“Tonight is not only a celebration of player excellence, but also the achievement of the PSL this season,” PSL CEO Kjetil Siem said.
“It was an extremely challenging season, but I’m extremely happy at what we have achieved on and off the field.”
“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees this evening. You certainly deserve all the accolades,” he added.
Another player from SuperSport United, Daine Klate, picked up the Absa Premiership Player of the Season award, while Mphela was named the Absa Premiership Players Player of the Season.
Coach of the season
The Absa Premiership Coach of the Season award, not surprisingly, went to SuperSport United’s Gavin Hunt who, despite losing a number of players from his title-winning side of last season, led Matsatsantsa to their third league title in succession.
After leading Orlando Pirates to the best defensive record in the league, Moneeb Josephs won the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season.
Mamelodi Sundowns captured another award when defender Siyanda Xulu was named the Absa Red Hot Young Player.
Goal of the season
The Absa-lutley Awesome Goal of the Season went to Maritzburg United’s Namibian international Rudolf Bester for his strike against Kaizer Chiefs on 12 September last year.
Katlego Mphela picked up a second award, one which he had long ago secured when he finished as the top goalscorer in the PSL: the Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer.
Kaizer Chiefs claimed the Telkom Knockout Cup and their goalkeeper Arthur Baartman, who plays behind Bafana Bafana incumbent Itumeleng Khune, was honoured with the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament gong.
Nedbank Cup awards
Midfielder Matthew Pattison won another award for Sundowns when he was named the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. Patrick Phungwayo of Nedbank Cup champions Bidvest Wits grabbed was named the tournament’s Most Promising Player.
Golden Arrows won their first silverware when they crushed Ajax Cape Town 6-0 in the final of the MTN 8 and thus it was not a surprise when one of Arrows’ players won the MTN8 Player of the Tournament Award, with Njabulo Manqana receiving it.
SuperSport United were presented with the Chairman’s Award by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza.
Award Winners and Nominees
PSL Player of the Year
Absa Premiership Player of the Season
Absa Premiership Players Player of the Season
Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season
Absa Premiership Coach of the Season
Absa Red Hot Young Player
Absa-lutley Awesome Goal of the Season
Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer
Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament
MTN8 Player of the Tournament
Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament
Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player
Referee of the Season
Assistant Referee of the Season
National First Division Top Goalscorer
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