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Peter Shalulile scoops PSL Footballer of the Season

JOBURG – The Namibian international beat Sundowns teammate Themba Zwane and Maritzburg United’s Thabiso Kutumela for the two awards.

Mamelodi Sundowns lethal striker, Peter Shalulile, was the biggest winner at the 2021 PSL Awards on the evening of 6 June as he bagged the two most prestigious crowns of the DStv Premiership.

The Namibian international, which started his stint in the premiership with Highlands Park, walked away with both the 2020/21 PSL Footballer of the Season and the DStv Premiership Player’s Player of the Season awards.

In both awards, Shalulile beat his teammate Themba Zwane, and Maritzburg United’s Thabiso Kutumela, as correctly predicted by Alex News. The Footballer of the Season is voted for exclusively by the Premier Division coaches while the Player’s Player of the Season is chosen equally by players of the Premier Division.

AmaZulu FC’s astute coach, Benni McCarthy, was voted the DStv Premiership Coach of the Season after guiding Usuthu to an unprecedented second place in the premiership; their highest-ever finish in the league since the formation.

Baroka FC’s Evidence Makgopa took the DStv Premiership Most Promising Player award while Njabulo Ngcobo of Swallows FC and [Themba] Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns respectively won the DStv Premiership Defender and DStv Premiership Midfielder of the Season awards.

The strike by SuperSport United’s Teboho Mokoena against Stellenbosch FC on 4 November 2020 was voted as the DStv Premiership Goal of the Season. The Goal of the Season finalists were voted for by the public on www.psl.co.za throughout the season but the winning goal was decided by a panel of judges made up of football journalists and commentators.

In the MTN8, Orlando Pirates forward Deon Hotto won the MTN8 Last Man Standing award. The Namibian international was instrumental in the Buccaneers’ MTN8 triumph.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila goalkeeper Washington Arubi won the highly contested Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament award while Richards Bay’s Khanyisa Mayo grabbed the Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player category.

PSL chairperson Dr Irvin ‘Iron Duke’ Khoza bestowed the PSL Chairman’s Award honours on the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and the UDM leader General Bantu Holomisa. Photo: Sipho Siso

The full list of winners is:

PSL Footballer of the Season went to Peter Shalulile of Mamelodi Sundowns and DStv Premiership Player’s Player of the Season also went to Shalulile.

DStv Premiership Coach of the Season was scooped by Benni McCarthy of AmaZulu FC while the DStv Premiership Young Player of the Season (U21) went to Evidence Makgopa of Baroka FC.

The DStv Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season was taken by Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns while the DStv Premiership Defender of the Season went to Njabulo Ngcobo of Swallows FC.

The DStv Premiership Midfielder of the Season was named as Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns while the DStv Premiership Goal of the Season went to Teboho Mokoena of SuperSport United.

Themba Zwane (left) of Mamelodi Sundowns managed to snatch the Midfielder of the Season Award in the #PSLAwards2021. Photo: Supplied

DStv Premiership Top Goal Scorer was awarded to Bradley Grobler of SuperSport United for his 16 Goals, just one ahead of Shalulile while the MTN8 Last Man Standing went to Deon Hotto of Orlando Pirates.

The Nedbank Cup’s Most Promising Player (U23) was scooped by Khanyisa Mayo of Richards Bay while the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament was awarded to Washington Arubi of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

DStv Diski Challenge Rewired Player of the Tournament was Siyanda Nyanga of Mamelodi Sundowns while DStv Diski Challenge Rewired Top Goal Scorer/s went to Taahir Goedeman of Cape Town City; and Kamohelo Hoala of Kaizer Chiefs; Asanda Buthelezi of Maritzburg United; and Boitumelo Radiopane of Orlando Pirates, all tied on six goals.

PSL Chairman’s Award, which is gen by chairperson Dr Irvin ‘Iron Duke’ Khoza, was bestowed on the late Isilo Samabandla, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and United Democratic Movement leader General Bantu Holomisa.

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