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Zim stars not good enough in ABSA premiership this season?

[Posted 17 May 2012]
[By Chief Sports Editor]
Was Tapuwa Kapini unfairly omitted on the ABSA PSL keeper of the season nominees list?
Earlier this week, the Premier Soccer League revealed nominees for the ABSA PSL awards for the 2011/2012 season, and no Zimbabwean appears on any of the lists.

Nominees were revealed for about six countries, five of which are player awards sections, while one is the Coach of the Year award.

There was no Zimbabwean nominated for any of the following award categories; The ABSA Hot Player of the season, The ABSA Goalkeeper of the season, the Absalutely Awesome goal of the season, the ABSA Premiership Player of the season and the ABSA Premiership Players' Player of the season.

It could be argued that some Zimbabwean players were unlucky to miss the cut in some of the categories, but they are only a few.

Tapuwa Kapini certainly deserved to have been considered for Absa goalkeeper of the season, given his sterling job between the sticks for Amazulu FC. For the first half of the season, Amazulu had the best defensive record, in terms of the goals conceded. At the end of the season, Amazulu has the fifth best defensive record, the same as Orlando Pirates.

That Pirates are a big team, have better resources as compared to modest Amazulu is definitely not in question. That Moneeb Josephs, who only played slightly above two thirds of the season and was not really outstanding has been selected as one of the best keepers should be very surprising.

Getting the nod ahead of Kapini sounds like a real travesty of justice. The PSL selectors got the selection of Josephs wrong, and the exclusion of Kapini is very unfortunate.

There are no question mars however on the selection of young keepers Wayne Sandilands of Mamelodi Sundowns and Rowen Williams of Supersport United.

Maybe, Carlington Nyadombo deserved selection as either Player of the year or Players' Player of the year after some solid performances in the heart of the Amazulu defence. It is however common knowledge that for a defender to be noticed, he has to be a Siyabonga Sangweni who plays for Pirates.

Defenders from modest clubs like Wits, Amazulu or Platinum Stars are unlikely to get the attention of journalists and selectors.

As for the rest of the Zimbabwean players in the ABSA premiership, they were disappointing to say the least.

A lot was expected of Nyasha Mushekwi and Khama Billliat after storming first seasons in the PSL last year. Mushekwi who finished second behind Knowledge Musona on the top goal scorers awards last season was expected to win the Golden Boot award this season, but the Milkshake has been disappointing in the league for Sundowns.

Mushekwi has only shone brightly in the Nedbank Cup where he remains the leading goal scorer. He is likely to walk away with possibly two awards in the Nedbank Cup: Golden Boot and Player of the tournament awards.

Billiat sparkled in phases for Ajax, and by the standards he set last year, he has not lived up to expectations, even he has had a fairly descent season. Billiat has so far scored 8 goals in the season, and is the club's top goal scorer, a remarkable achievement for a midfielder, but not good enough for a player of his calibre.

Kingston Nkhata has blown hot and cold in the Black Leopards colours, and could the season as the club's top goal scorer with 7 goals.

ABSA Premiership awards nominations

Absa HOT Young Player:

Lucky Baloyi (Kaizer Chiefs)

Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)

Lehlohonolo Masalesa (Bidvest Wits)

Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season:

Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)

Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)

Absa-lutely Awesome Goal:

Clifford Mulenga Golden Arrows vs Bloemfontein Celtic

David Mathebula Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates

Benni McCarthy Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United

Absa Premiership Coach of the Season:

Gavin Hunt (SuperSport United)

Gordon Igesund (Moroka Swallows)

Steve Khompela (Free State Stars)

Absa Premiership Player of the Season:

David Mathebula (Moroka Swallows)

Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates)

Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows)

Absa Premiership Players' Player of the Season:

Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns)

David Mathebula (Moroka Swallows)

Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows)


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