Kaizer Motaung says Andile Jali and Itumeleng Khune deserve better
Posted: 4 June 2011 Time: 10:17 am
Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung has lashed out at the criteria used to select both the PSL footballer and Goalkeeper of the Season awards.
The PSL Footballer of the Season award sparked controversy, with Ajax Cape Town’s Thulani Serero’s beating Andile Jali to the prize, despite the midfielder shining for the Buccaneers as they won a memorable treble.
The Goalkeeper of the Season award went to Bloemfontein Celtic’s Patrick Tignyemb, with Chiefs and Bafana Bafana first-choice Itumeleng Khune not even among the nominees..
“Without taking nothing from Thulani Serero, I believe Andile Jali should have bagged the PSL’s Player of the Year trophy after a consistent and sterling performance in the season,” Motaung said on his club’s website.
“I am tempted to think that selectors may have overlooked the criteria that clearly state that a player need to have featured consistently in a number of PSL matches and their competitions for such a category.
“Besides steering Orlando Pirates into lifting the ultimate ABSA Premier trophy, you will recall that Andile Jali reigned supreme in the Telkom Knockout, the MTN 8 and the Nedbank by claiming Player of the Match offerings on many occasions.
“In the process his mettle shone to attract national selectors that he equally impressed in both official and friendly international matches.
“Whereas I admit that Thulani Serero devastated opponents by literally leading the Ajax onslaught to claim other categories, I truly believe that Jali should have been crowned the football king of the 2010/11 season.”
Motaung also lashed out on the selection of the Goalkeeper of the Season award, saying Khune should have at least been nominated in the category.
“I am baffled by another howler committed on the criteria for choosing the Goalkeeper of the Year,” he added.
“Despite keeping a clean sheet during the Telkom Knockout competition, and featuring in almost all League matches and conceding the least number of goals in the process, it boggles my mind as to how Itumeleng Khune could have been overlooked for at least some nomination in that category.”