No soccer at SA Sports Awards
Posted: 3 November 2015 Time: 16:35
The 2015 SA Sports Awards nominees were announced at SABC Radio Park on Tuesday morning in Johannesburg, and there were no notable nominees from the football fraternity.
The 10th annual awards will be held in Mangaung, Free State on 22 November and there will be no representation for the most popular sport in the country.
There are no PSL or Bafana Bafana players, coaches or administrators in the list of nominees – not even Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki for qualifying the U-17s for their first ever World Cup.
Neither Kaizer Chiefs’ record-breaking season under Stuart Baxter last term nor Orlando Pirates’ remarkable run to the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup Final was enough to earn a nomination.
Two years ago Itumeleng Khune won the Sportsman of the Year award ahead of swimmer Chad le Clos (nominated again this year), cricketer Hashim Amla, wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole and athlete Mapaseka Makhanya.
This year the only nominees connected to football in some way are photographer Gavin Barker – who incidentally used to work for KICK OFF – and the nominated sports journalists. Daniel Mothowagae also once worked at KICK OFF.
2015 SA Sports Awards nominees
Sportsman of the Year
Greg Minnaar, Chad le Clos, Wayde van Niekerk
Sportswoman of the Year
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Shabnim Ismail, Bridgitte Hartley
Sportsman of the Year with Disability
Lucas Sithole, Ernst van Dyk, Pieter du Preez
Sportswoman of the Year with Disability
Kgothathso Montjane, Ilse Hayes, Peggy de Villiers
Team of the Year
SA Proteas, Lightweight women’s 2X, Springbok Sevens
Newcomer of the Year
Nokwanda Hlongwane, Jayde Andrew Julius, Kagiso Rabada
Coach of the Year
Holger Losch, Geoffrey Toyana, Roger Barrow, Graham Hill
Administrator of the Year
Virginia Mabaso, Karen Losch, Tim Cornish
Volunteer of the Year
Zelda Hansen, Nkosinathi Ngubane, Jeremy Campbell
Indigenous Games Star of the Year
Limpopo Drie Stokkies Males Team, Western Cape Iintonga Team, KZN Dibeke Team
Federation of the Year
Roller Sport, Cycling, Basketball
Recreation Body of the Year
Isqal-Waves 4 Change, Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy, Indigo Skate Camp
Photographer of the Year
Gavin Barker, Veli Nhlapo, Motswari Mofokeng
Sport Journalist of the Year
Bareng-Batho Kortjaas, Daniel Mothowagae, Mbali Mokoko
School Team of the Year
Oakdale Agricultural High School, St John’s College, Hoërskool Waterkloof
Developing School Team of the Year
Iqhayiya Secondary School, Montshiwa Primary School, Phayizani High School