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Kaizer Motaung says Andile Jali and Itumeleng Khune deserve better

Posted: 4 June 2011 Time: 10:17

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.”

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:32 am
I am tempted to agree with you Mr. Motaung, i just ask myself if these so called judges or selectors have football brains or they are just simply bias. of course Jali deserves the fotballer of the season award, and Khune was very consistent and did well for the team....something needs to be done
posted: 10:45 am
I thought that the goalkeepr of the season award was just something to kill time at those awards...let alone Khune, even DoomKat was better than the winner even though Doomkat got injured a long time ago...yah, the arrogant Zandile Jelly deserved better, also considering his age...he got the test of his life from YEYE, TINASHE, NYANDORO, PATTISON, NTSHUMAYELO, KHIBONI, SCOTT, T. SANGWENI, etc etc...bogus PSL awards ceremony...yah neh...!!!
Swona Champ!
posted: 10:54 am
I also want to share the same view, but for a minute I thought, that Jali and Khune are paid better than the two players, maybe it was the PSL's way of raising funds for this two players, as for Serero, he is even going abroad, we dont know what kind of animal will rise in him, if he can extend his parents' house before he leaves and leave them with some cash to survive for the R70 000, he won at Ajax is nothing for a player of the season!
posted: 10:57 am
Mr Motaung hv said it a team tht has played in 4cup finals n won 2 plus da league,does tht mean,in tht team theres no player tht hv bn doing very well????

Sirero dd well bt Jali was thr all the time,pickng man of the matches in da league n cup finals n so 2b over looked
posted: 11:00 am
Kaizer Motaung has spoken. And he is right.
posted: 11:01 am
Now Serero must do the right thing and ring back the award. He can keep the money. Jali don't need that
posted: 11:04 am
Serero vs Jali? I highly rate the two. The only difference was discipline, which was mentioned in all the categories both were nominated and competing for. Jali, too many yellow cards (They do count at the end you see, Mr Motaung)
posted: 11:07 am
well said mr. Motaung, maybe this stupid juornos like tiyani will listen.
posted: 11:08 am
In terms of jali u r right but kune i disagree, check kune expected to repeat his form of de previous seasons wich he faile to.
gideon h. ndou
posted: 11:13 am
yeah i agree with u Mr Motaung....i think the psl was just trying to portray SERERO as the greatest thing to ever happen in mzansi football because of his impending move to Ajax Amsterdam but its killing our soccer.....we have to start recognising those that do good and give credit where it is due..........
posted: 11:14 am
I am one of those disagreeng with you Mr. Motaung My chairman, Jali deserves nothing, Orphans played as a team and I never seen anyone outstading if there was someone who was maybe better than others it supposed to be JELE or Secowlela. The media is the one wanted Jali to be the best in Pierats though he didn do anything special this season. I agree with Judges we want a player who was good not a player who was made to be good based on expectations. No one expected anything from Seroro though he proved himself and a lot was expected from this sturborn boy though he was just a normal player.
posted: 11:14 am
I fully supported Mr Motoung,Jali was far better than Sirero and my keeper Khune deserve it withought any discussion but the better job on the field
posted: 11:18 am
never mind motoung ths yr thy wil start wth carling beer so tht thy wl be crown futbal and goalkper of th yr.bewer of th wine in WC.serero 4eva wel done boy u dserv it.and leave thm cryng
El Asesino Cérébrale
posted: 11:26 am
The result of the so-called FOOTBALL AUTHORITY publications based in Cape Town. I was shocked to see KO's happiness on Claasen being the second best player in Belgium. What caught my eye was how this will improve his stature for a move to a bigger league. The Cape Towm in cahoots with Ajax raised the profile of Serero for Ajax to make a kill in his transfer. YELLOW JOURNALISM! YELLOW JOURNALISM....!
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:33 am
nypsy must be those unhappy chiefs fans, who drives badly if he's got a car, or commute on a train and stands next to nice chick on the train and musterbate in the train toilet, if he is using a taxi he sits at the back seat, and I think he cant satisfy his woman!
posted: 11:34 am
Those who say yellow cards cost Jali da award must use their heads! Jali was plays in da midfield where it's always congested & where games are won or lost. He had to keep da midfield ticking & do a lot of defending as well & @ some point do some defending against da same Serero...

Chances of picking up yellow cards when you play in midfield are far gr8er dan when u play as a striker, sometimes collecting a booking is inevitable esp if ur coach also plays u as a defensive midfielder...

On da contrary, any striker who picks up a yellow card is a moegoe coz all dat a striker needs to do is put pressure on da opposition defence & force dem to commit mistakes which comes with da possibility of collecting yellow cards...

Don't let ur hate for Pirates cloud ur judgement ppl... Don't follow da example set by abo Tiyani...
posted: 11:46 am
As much as I don't like to agree with you Mr Motoung because I hate Rats but if you take the Midget out of all those games that the Rats played, I guess they wouldn't won any of those trophies this season again. The only time he failed was against the super/mighty AmaKhosi during the masaccres because he was against the best middle-fielders in the psl. Rats played that young man even if he was injured or sick to make sure that they win because without him they were nothing.

But for Itumeleng Khune, yes he was better than all those goal keepers nominated in terms of statistics and yes mabe he deserve @ least to be nominated but non of the goal keepers impressed me this season so I really don't care about that award!!!!
posted: 11:48 am
Mr Motaung, you think we are dumb neh? We know this is not about Itu or Jali, or even Serero. You are just sparking controversy so we football fans forget what you and the Colonel did with the Charity Cup... Nxa, futhi how dare you force us to buy iBlack Label! 'iBeer ye Construction workers'
posted: 11:58 am
Oh Mr. Motaung why do you put yourself in the line of fire? Do you not know the kind of insults that will be hurled at you?
posted: 12:08 pm
having said that Mr Motaung,Im also consern with the way these people alocate the prizes, I mean how can a player that is leading with a number of goals get half the prize of the player that scored one best goal. It doesnt make sense I must say
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