Tiyani Mabasa's PSL Team of the Season
Posted: 11 May 2015 Time: 15:52
KickOff.com chief reporter Tiyani wa ka Mabasa picks his 2014/15 Premier Soccer League team of the season.
Firstly, congratulations to Kaizer Chiefs for winning the League and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say their success could be attributed to teamwork, though there are individuals who stood out for them and they make my team.
However, other teams are also represented. So here goes…
Moeneeb Josephs (Bidvest Wits) – Josephs now holds the record for the most appearances in the PSL era (since 1996/97) with over 400, but that’s not the reason he made the cut. He was unavailable for six League games because of injury at the start of the season, but since he returned he kept 15 clean-sheets in 29 starts in all competitions. Obviously, it helps if you have a strong defence, but there were many times that Josephs made some fantastic saves to keep out the opposition.
Tsepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs) – Good defensively, but also added numbers when the team was attacking and that is reflected by the fact that he’s got four assists … not bad for a defender.
Tefu Mashamaite (Kaizer Chiefs, captain) – Consistent. Reliable. Committed. The way I see it, ‘Masha’ led by example as captain of the club and it is rather difficult to pick out a bad game from the 40 starts he made, including every League match. Personally, he is my Footballer of the Season.
Mulomowandau Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs) – Chiefs finished the season with the best defence in the League, having conceded just 14 goals in 30 League matches, and Tower rarely played a bad match.
Cole Alexander (Polokwane City) – Subject to correction, he was Man of the Match in about four matches and, as far as I know, those are handed out in matches that are live on TV. It is, therefore, no surprise that teams like Chiefs are reportedly interested in signing him.
Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs) – Credit to ‘Mzimba Shaker’ for resurrecting his career this season after years failing to break into the team. The 25-year-old was involved in 39 matches, either as a starter or substitute, and from midfield he contributed nine goals and five assists.
Thuso Phala (SuperSport United) – Eight goals, 13 assists. He had his bad days and all, but he delivered most of the time, and when it mattered most. Remember the winning goal when SuperSport United won the Telkom Knockout in November?
Lerato Lamola (Bloemfontein Celtic) – The PSL's Player of the Month for April/May says he is satisfied with his contribution this season, and rightly so with 13 goals to his name. Celtic MD Rali Ramabodu says: "This humble and dedicated player deserves all the accolades coming his way.”
Cuthbert Malajila (Mamelodi Sundowns) – The difference between him and the other strikers is that he scores goals, but he is also a team player in a sense that he has a lot of assists too. He has scored 11 goals, but note that he also has 11 assists. If he is not scoring he makes that final pass that leads to a goal. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane adds: “You don’t find strikers like ‘Mala’ anymore. His work-rate is unbelievable because he doesn’t just wait for the ball in the box.”
SUBS: Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Phumlani Ntshangase (Bidvest Wits), George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars), Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates).
COACH: Stuart Baxter (Kaizer Chiefs)
HAVE YOUR SAY: What is your team of the season?