Sibusiso Vilakazi up for three PSL awards

9 May 2014

Alje Schut, captain of new PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns, is up against Sibusiso Vilakazi of Bidvest Wits and Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs for the Footballer of the Season Award. The Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced the list of nominees in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The three players represent the top three teams in the PSL standings, but only Vilakazi and Katsande are up for the Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Year Award, with Teko Modise of Mamelodi Sundowns being the other nominee.

Vilakazi is also in the running for the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, along with his team-mate Jabulani Shongwe and Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates.

Coach of the Year

Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane faces Stuart Baxter of Kaizer Chiefs and Clive Barker of Mpumalanga Black Aces for the Absa Premiership Coach of the Year Award. All three men are former Bafana Bafana coaches.

While Sundowns and Chiefs will finish one and two in the PSL standings, Barker has surprised by taking unfashionable Black Aces to sixth on the table heading into the final weekend of league action.

The Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season Award will be decided between Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs’ skipper Itumeleng Khune, Ajax Cape Town’s Anssi Jaakkola, and Moneeb Joseph’s of Bidvest Wits.

Young Player of the Year

The Premiership Young Player of the Year is between the Ajax Cape Town duo of Abbubaker Mobara and Keagen Dolly and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Gabadini Mhango.

Chiefs’ and Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker currently tops the goal-scoring charts by two goals over a group of six chasing players, with 10 to his name. If he holds onto his lead, he will earn R25 000.

For the league’s top scorer, netting from one to 15 goals is worth R25 000, 16 to 20 goals is worth R50 000, 21 to 25 earns the goal-scorer R75 000, and 26 or more is valued at R100 000.

Hlompho Kekena of Sundowns, Chiefs’ Knowledge Musona, and Puleng Tlolane will contest the Absa Premiership Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season.

Knockout competition award nominees

Platinum Stars, the winners of the Telkom Knockout and MTN 8 competitions, with victories over Orlando Pirates in both, supply to of the three nominees for the players of the tournament for both competitions, while the Buccaneers supply one.

Mogakolodi Ngele and Robert Ng’ambi face Pirates’ Lennox Bacela for the Telkom Knockout Award, while Ng’ambi and Bacela are again up against one another for the MTN 8 Award, with the other contender being Vuyo Mere.

The PSL awards will take place on Sunday, 18 May, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

PSL AWARDS NOMINEES


Footballer of the Season: R250 000
Alje Schut (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs)


Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season: R150 000
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs)


Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: R50 000
Anssi Jaakkola (Ajax Cape Town), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Joseph (Bidvest Wits)


Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: R50 000
Abbubaker Mobara (Ajax Cape Town), Gabadini Mhango (Bloemfontein Celtic), Keagen Dolly (Ajax Cape Town)


Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: R75 000
Clive Barker (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Stuart Baxter (Kaizer Chiefs)


Absa Premiership Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season: R50 000
Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs), Puleng Tlolane (Polokwane City)


Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer: R25 000
1 – 15: R25 000, 16-20: R50 000, 21 – 25: R75 000, Over 26: R100 000


Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: R150 000
Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits)


Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Tournament: R50 000
Kwanda Mngonyama (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Moloi (SuperSport United), Vincent Pule (African Warriors)


Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: R200 000
Lennox Bacela (Orlando Pirates), Mogakolodi Ngele (Platinum Stars), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars)


MTN8 Last Man Standing: R80 000
Lennox Bacela (Orlando Pirates), Vuyo Mere (Platinum Stars), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars)