Bucs reveal POTS nominees
Posted: 19 July 2018 Time: 14:35
Orlando Pirates have disclosed the nominees for their Player of the Season accolade up for grabs at tonight's awards ceremony.
The club have brought back their annual prize-giving aimed at recognising the individual contributions in the season that was, following a four-year hiatus.
Pirates last season managed to show a massive improvement on their previous campaign, in which they registered their lowest league position (12th) in the PSL era, by earning a second-place finish behind Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
While their trophy drought continued, Milutin Sredojevic and his technical staff led the team to qualifying for the CAF Champions League for the first time since their runners-up finish in 2013.
Thus, the club saw it fit to honour those who played an integral part in their resurgence, while also rewarding up and coming stars who have yet to break into the first team for their efforts.
The nominees for Player of the Season are: Luvuyo Memela, Musa Nyatama, Thembinkosi Lorch, Justin Shonga, Innocent Maela and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.
The nominees for Pirates’ Reserve Player of the Season are: Zakhele Lepasa, Samuel Nkomo, Malefole Malaba, Andile Tshabalala and Grant Peters.
The nominees for Pirates’ Development Player of the Season are: Augustine Mahlonoko, Kopano Thuntsane, Rodi Sibande and Thabiso Sesane.
The winner of the Golden Boot Award is set to go to midfielder Luvuyo Memela, who managed five goals in 23 appearances last season, while Justin Shonga, Thamsanqa Gabuza and Musa Nyatama all came in a close second with four goals each.
Other awards include Golden Gloves and Fans' Player of the Season, for which voting closed on Wednesday evening at 23h59.
The awards ceremony is set to commence at 19h00, but award winners will likely only be announced after 20h00.