Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise.

Modise, Khune favourites for top award

Modise, Khune favourites for top award

Posted: 28 December 2012 Time: 02:56 pm

Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune have won most of the votes amongst local coaches as candidates for the Absa Premiership Player of the Season award.

Free State Stars assistant coach Sammy Troughton said both Modise and Khune have been in superb form this season, but it is difficult to come up with the ultimate winner between the two players.

“Teko Modise has done well despite Pirates struggling almost the whole season. He has also done well with the national team.

“Khune has had a great season with Kaizer Chiefs and has been a revelation this season. It’s difficult to pick a winner between the two players, but I think Teko will go very close.”

Whilst Kosta Papic and Ted Dumitru have made different choices between Khune and Modise, AmaZulu coach Clive Barker says the Absa Premiership Player of the Season should come from Supersport United or Ajax Cape Town.

“The Player of the Season should come from those two teams at the top of the log. [Brett] Evans, Bryce Moon and the Brazilian defender Eduardo [Ferreira] have done well for Ajax Cape Town this season, whilst Daine Klate for me was one of the best players at Supersport United this season.”

Whilst Papic has gone for Teko Modise, Dumitru has settled for Itumeleng Khune.

“It’s difficult to come up with the Player of the Season as there is no player who has been consistent, but I will go for the goalkeeper. Khune has saved Chiefs six or seven times this season and, in my opinion, deserves to be Player of the Season,” Dumitru said.

Dumitru has also picked Free State Stars coach Kinnah Phiri as deserving the Coach of the Season award.

“Looking at Free State Stars’ performance, Kinnah Phiri deserves credit for an outstanding job with the team. I will go for him as coach of the season,” Dumitru added.

Previous comments on this story...

Ntlakuso
posted: 06:49 am
I do understand Clive's logic. However, someone playing for a relegated team may be deserved of the player of the season award. It depends on many factors. One man can not necessarily singly handedly win the league for a team, however, his consistency, and outstanding performances over the entire 9 months period may be worthy of a praise. Winning the league may be more of a team work. However, looking at Khune, he has over the last 9 months managed to mature in an amazing way. There are players who stands out in very challenging circumstances, and given the attacks Khune suffered due to his porous defense, one is tempted to suggest that the reason Chiefs conceded the least number of goals is solely due to him.
Anonymous
posted: 07:07 am
Away with the bad habit of selecting less deserving players simply because they are from the league-winning team, granted, players like Elias Pelembe stood out this season but we must look at all the teams, Teko and Khune did exceptionally well for their respective teams so if one of them deserves to win, give it to him, irrespective of how their teams finished in the league!!! Even Abiah Nale(Golden Arrows) and Down's Acuna did well in my opinion, these coaches must just play it fair, period!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:23 am
Well I agree that Teko & Khune can go neck to neck as far as this award is concerned but if we base the decision on consistency then I have to give it to Khune because I can't remember him having a bad game, he has always been superb & as for Teko, yes he has done well for pirates but there were times when his perfomances were not up to his level best.
Anonymous
posted: 07:30 am
If we can face reality, generally there is NO competition between KHUNE and TEKO. The question is why? The answer is that TEKO has shown character locally and even at the international level for Bafana Bafana. KHUNE is still to show that character at the international level. All the best TEKO like I said at the beggining of the season you will be marching all the way to collect your award if not awards at the end of the season.
Anonymous
posted: 07:34 am
My apologies, i really don't agree with Clive this time. I can't pick a stand out player for Ajax nor Supersport or maybe Pelembe then. Anyway, Khune and Teko were superb this season. But i think Khune will take it home simply because, he was consistant and save Kaizer Chiefs in most matches. He also allowed only 19 goals past him so far in the PSL.
Anonymous
posted: 07:36 am
I'm a Chiefs fan and for me Khune has had a great season, credit of goes to Chiefs bad defence. Teko Modise should take the award because he has had a best complete first season in the psl and the national team.

The only Ajax player that has had a great impact both in the psl and the national side is Bryce Moon.
Anonymous
posted: 07:46 am
In my opinion, Khune comes top. The only reason why Khune did fixture more in international games was due to the experience of his competitors, but he never failed the team when given a chance. Keeping clean shit against the best like Paraguay. Teko played brilliant, but not enough to earn him the award. Who will the Telkom Knockout? The brilliances of young Khune despite having been his first PSL season.

He won some one-on-one situations brilliantly. While he was saving Chiefs from conceding more goals, we expected Teko to do the opposite by scoring those goals for Pirates; unfortunately the same cannot be said about Teko.
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 am
TO me teko must win cause he has done well locally and internationally for bafana,but i think it will be fear if teko win player of season and khune win players player of season.
TEKO MODISE,MOON,KHUNE,PELEMBE,ENOH,BASERA,THIS ARE THE PLAYERS WHO HAVE DONE WELL THIS SEASON.

MAGORO TEMA
SELETENG GA-MPHAHLELE
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 am
In my opinion, Khune comes top. The only reason why Khune didn't fixture more in international games was due to the experience of his competitors, but he never failed the team when given a chance. Keeping clean shit against the best like Paraguay. Teko played brilliant, but not enough to earn him the award. Who will the Telkom Knockout? The brilliances of young Khune despite having been his first PSL season.

He won some one-on-one situations brilliantly. While he was saving Chiefs from conceding more goals, we expected Teko to do the opposite by scoring those goals for Pirates; unfortunately the same cannot be said about Teko.
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 am
Clive is spot on. There is nowhere else in the world where you get players in the top four clubs in the league not even considered as favourites for player of the season. Where's the logic in selecting players from teams that have struggled to be in the top 10? For me Pelembe, Bryce Moon, and Moriri deserve the award more than all Thiefs' and Pierats' players. No doubt about that. It's just that they are playing for the wrong teams.
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 am
Clive, I must call you into order. you are out of order. Khune and Teko were the best players this season PERIOD!!.
Anonymous
posted: 07:56 am
If the criteria used to give credit to the players playing on the PSL, then Khune is the one to grap the award but if it based on National appearances then believe me Teko will go all the way to grasp the award. As for Ted and Clive I believe players should be given award based on thier perfomance not position in the league.
Anonymous
posted: 07:58 am
Svai, you'd better slow your roll dude, what has Moriri done this season huh(except for the beauty he scored against Paraguay)???? Forget the reputation, we talking consistency here pal, why can't for once people be objective huh????? The competition is between Teko and Khune, they stood out, finish and klaar!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:59 am
I sometimes don't understand South Africans, I mean, there is no doubt. Khune and Teko have done well this season but I don't think they have done better than a player like Pelembe. When are we gonna stop choosing players because they are from Chips and Rats. Between Supersport and Ajax, there is a player of the season there.
Anonymous
posted: 08:02 am
Imagine the English FA refusing to award Christiano's stunning work simply because he didn't do well for his country, Portugal, this is about perfomances in the PSL guys, after all it is PSL awards, isn't it?????
Anonymous
posted: 08:03 am
Khune should actually take all PSL awards this season.

Young player of the season, you name them all.
Anonymous
posted: 08:04 am
wy not Ajax or Super Sport Players (Ayob or Pelembe)? Or is bcoz their clubs dont have enough supporters?
Anonymous
posted: 08:10 am
this wil be so unfair 2 players lyk bo KG Mashego i mean "moering" 4 goals from the bench is quality maybe just bcos he is no chips player or pie-rat
Anonymous
posted: 08:12 am
some other dudes are missing the point here, we are talking consistency thru out the season. we are not talking 5 psl games.

I wont suprise if sum1 can even mention Katlego mashego because he scored 5 goals on his last 2 matches. Lets give credit where is due,stop misleading urselfs.
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 am
This is very interesting, Khune has chiefs in too many games n dat's y dey conceded few goals, but he's yet to do so at an international level. Most of the goals scored by Pirates it was bcoz of Teko n he's also done so for Bafana.He is the most fowl player in the league which shows that every1 is afraid of him.Pirates struggles 2 play when he's not in de field n we've never seen chiefs struggle in de absence of Khune. Verdict...Teko is a player of the season.
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