Sibusiso Vilakazi wins Footballer of the Year award

19 May 2014

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Bidvest Wits walked away with the big awards at the annual Premier Soccer League (PSL) Awards Gala at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Sunday evening.

Vilakazi departed the event R550 000 richer after banking the Footballer of the Season Award, voted on by the coaches of the PSL clubs, as well as the Players’ Player of the Season and Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament awards.

With Vilakazi pulling the strings, Bidvest Wits equalled their best ever finish in the PSL when they matched the squad of 2002/03, by ending third in the recently concluded season.

Coach of the Season

Pitso Mosimane, coach of the PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, was named the Coach of the Season after leading the Brazilians to their first title since 2006/07.

Sundowns made a massive improvement under the former Bafana Bafana coach. He took over as coach of the team in December 2012 and they finished that season in a lowly tenth place, with 39 points to their name. In the past season, Mosimane guided them to the the title with 65 points, a huge 26 points better than the previous season.

The Young Player of the Season Award went the way of Keagan Dolly, while Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune picked up the Goalkeeper of the Season Award.

Platinum Stars’ award winners

While Sibusiso Vilakazi was named the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, Platinum Stars produced the players of the tournament in the other two knockout cups.

Mogakolodi Ngele won the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament, while his team-mate Robert Ng’ambi was selected as the MTN8 Player of the Tournament.

Hlompho Kekana’s outstanding long range rocket strike for Sundowns against Orlando Pirates in February was named the Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season.

Consolation

After finishing bottom of the PSL standings, Lamontville Golden Arrows were relegated to the First Division for next season, but there was some form of consolation for the club’s chairwoman Mato Madlala, who received the Chairman’s Award.

WINNERS


PSL Footballer of the Season
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits) – R250 000


The Chairman’s Award
Mato Madlala (Lamontville Golden Arrows)


PSL Players’ Player of the Season
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits) – R150 000


PSL Top Goalscorer
Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs) 10 goals – R25 000


PSL Coach of the Season
Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R75 000


PSL Young Player of the Season
Keegan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town) – R50 000


Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season
Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns) – R50 000


PSL Goalkeeper of the Season
Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs) – R50 000


Referee of the Season
Zolile Mthetho – R50 000


Assistant Referee of the Season
Edward Madidilane – R40 000


National First Division top scorer
David Zulu (Black Leoards) 16 goals


Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament
Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits) – R150 000


Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Tournament
Kwanda Mngonyama (Bidvest Wits) – R50 000


Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament
Mogakolodi Ngele (Platinum Stars) – R200 000


MTN8 Player of the Tournament
Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars) – R80 000