Teko Modise is the 2007/08 PSL Footballer of the Season

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Posted: 25 May 2008 Time: 21:37

Teko Modise was named Footballer of the Year at the PSL’s end-of-season awards ceremony on Sunday night and in doing so collected a cheque for a whopping R250 000.

The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana playmaker was the inaugural winner of the award presented to the player who was deemed to have excelled across all levels of South African football.

Other nominees were Supersport United’s Elias ‘Dominguez’ Pelembe and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Supersport's Mozambican winger Pelembe was meanwhile named Absa Premiership Player of the Season. Pelembe had been singled-out by many commentators as a likely candidate for the award, and his contribution to Matsatsantsa winning their maiden Premiership title makes him a deserved recipient.

Chiefs goalkeeper Khune was also a big winner on the night, picking up the Players’ Player of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Season and Telkom Knockout Cup Player of the Tournament.

Supersport’s Gavin Hunt was unsurprisingly named Coach of the Season, the second time he has collected the top award after doing so with Black Leopards in the 2001/02 season.

James Chamanga received the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award, with Absa putting up R1 000 per goal scored as prize-money, netting the Zambian R14 000.

Siboniso Gaxa’s blistering drive against Mamelodi Sundowns earned him the Goal of the Season Award.

USA-bound Santos skipper Musa Otieno received the inaugural Chairman’s Award for his services to football in South Africa over the past 10 years since his arrival from Kenya.

PSL AWARDS Footballer of the Year Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates)

Chairman’s Award Musa Otieno (Santos)

Referee of the Season Ace Ncobo

Assistant Referee of the Season Enoch Molefe

ABSA PREMIERSHIP Player of the Season Elias Pelembe (Supersport United)

Players’ Player of the Season Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Coach of the Season Gavin Hunt (Supersport United)

Goalkeeper of the Season Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award James Chamanga (Moroka Swallows)

Awesome Goal of the Season Siboniso Gaxa (Supersport United) vs Mamelodi Sundowns

NEDBANK CUP Player of the Tournament Vusiwe Masondo (Mpumalanga Black Aces)

Most Promising Player of the Tournament Thabang Rooi (Mpumalanga Black Aces)

TELKOM KNOCKOUT Player of the Tournament Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:06 pm
Well done to all the winners, i'm sure all the winnders deserve their awards.
posted: 11:00 pm
Me thought it was the awards,not the rewards, as in Teko Modise's case.
Frankly, Modise's chances of deserving the inaugural award vanished with the end of the ABSA Premiership first round. From then, he became a shadow of himself as he failed to inspire his team, which is part of the criteria for the prestigious award.
If anything, Modise and Pelembe's rewards were nothing more than (counter) balance Itumeleng Khune's outstanding performance- and deserved player of the season award.
posted: 12:23 am
one can ask himself "what is the criteria for selecting a footballer of the year?", the reward to teko modise what a shame to our country, the guy did outstandingly so but in the first stage of the season, what did he win for pirates?, he is even not disciplne,always complaining to the refree, the award was deserved by an outstanding prospect of south africa ITUMELENG KHUNE the boy was outstanding for the whole season and to add cherry on top he played all the games for the season including cup games, by Sebata mohlala, warmbaths hospital.
posted: 06:19 am
If u did watch the ceromony last night you should have noticed that they showed the main aspects that where focused on in chosing the winner in all the awards, so stop criticising and being jealous. what you should be doing is congratulating the boys for atleast entertaining you the whole season.
posted: 06:50 am

posted: 06:56 am
MODISE DOESN'T DESERVE THE AWARD!,,,,,this my only complain!
posted: 06:57 am
Sam, come on. Lets face it, Teko's award was the biggest. Khune won the individual awards. It would have made sense to give Khune the award. What they did was stupid. Its like a player winning 4 man of the match awards out of 4 games played in a month. Then you give a different player the player of the month award. Thats what they did. Khune won the individual awards, and then Teko gets the big one.
posted: 07:13 am
HOW DID MODISE WIN THE AWARD?,,it was not fair
posted: 07:23 am
People, stop criticizing and give credit where is due for Teko Modise's award I feel and think he deserves it, the guy has played for the country and for his team. But my award for night was for Musa Otieno(Santos)by Dr Ivin Khoza,this was outstanding through out the decade, I say thumbs up.
posted: 07:55 am
Only Pelembe, Hunt, and Otieno really deserve their awards. It serves me right that the huge promotion that Thiefs put up for Khune has not worked as they only managed to sway the wavering PSL players (if their votes were counted at all). Even SABC "commentators" were made to tout for their king - Khune on behalf of Kaizer Motaung!!!
posted: 07:56 am
This is typical of us South Africans, alwys rewarding the almost, ampers, better not excellence and this is all due to favouritism and trying to atleast give something when is not deserved. Teko does not deserve this, absolutely not. I dont care what anyone says, it is just plain simple as that. Khune was magnificent teh whole season, game after game. Grant was sacked by Chelsea becasue he was always the almost, but we are rewarding Teko for the same thing. Mayeb they did not want to give Khune everything. Its a shame!
posted: 07:59 am
Svai: 2008-05-26 07:55

Only Pelembe, Hunt, and Otieno really deserve their awards. It serves me right that the huge promotion that Thiefs put up

You are so jealous and unsporting. How can you say that? Although Khune is playing for Chiefs, he is nonetheless playing teh best football and tht is good for our country, you included, and sometimes atleast learn to look beyond you dickhead and see things for what they are.
posted: 08:00 am
Guys Please be happy about the winners. It was always going to be a toss of the coin between all the winners. I thought Teko deserve to go with atleast 2 awards.

I am happy for pelembe but one cannot talk much about him as he shown his pedigree in the last 10 matches and I dont think he was a match winner fir them. Supersport won the league due to onyango and i was disapponted that he was not nominated.

Anyway who Am I to dissaprove with the judges. I am happy with all the winners and this also shows that we have a strong PSL since it was difficult 2 choose the winners.
posted: 08:03 am
Teko Modise did not deserve this award and by extension any award, deserving players have been robbed. How can a player whose team performed far below par in all competetions for the entire season have outsmarted those whose teams have atleast one or two trophies. I can not mention names but I think there are well deserving players who guided their teams to either PSL Championship or SAA Super 8 or Nedbank cups. And to have left all those players out and picked a captain who failed to inspire his team is disappointing to the entire soccer fraternity. may be this xenophobia has now found its way into football.
posted: 08:06 am
Congra to all the winners. All the player haters they must accept it like it is because its a done deal.
posted: 08:08 am
Hypocrites, hypocrisies and more hypocrites...

I remember one Michael Nkambule winning Rookie of the Month after playing just ONE (1) game, coming on as a substitute, in the second half. This award he won against players who were regulars FOR THE SEASON and performed consistently at their clubs.

Funny enough, no hypocrite came out to question how LESS THAN 45 min of play can win any player and award over regular performers.

Please leave Teko alone. His contribution to Bafana is unparalleled!!!
posted: 08:20 am
Teko does not deserve this award, it is obvious that Khune deserves this award since he was the most consistent player through out the season, not like Teko who only performed during the 1st round, Khune behaviour on the field of play is far better of what Teko was sishing out.

posted: 08:23 am
Well done boys those who deserved it.Modise was lucky to get this award.Shame poor Chamanga R14 000 are peanuts broe.ABSA should have given him at least R24 0000.I was suprised there is nothing giving to Free state stars and Ajax players ,they did very well this season unfortunatey their teams aren't based in Gauteng.
posted: 08:26 am
Congrats to all the winners like many i doubt T.Modise's award.The man won nothing.Except a few good impressions in Friendly games for Bafana Bafana.
posted: 08:29 am
Nice one Teko, u certainly deserve the award. one thing thats left 4 u is to win is championships, which u wont win at Pie-rats. consider going where you'll actually win sumthing. its ur call but choose Downs or chips
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