KickOff.com acknowledges Hlompho Kekana, Gavin Hunt, Bafana Bafana
Posted: 31 December 2016 Time: 16:08
KickOff.com reveals Part 2 of our Highlights of the Year in South African football!
Hlompho Kekana’s goal against Cameroon
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Kekana struck the best goal in Bafana Bafana history with a superb effort from 60-yards against Cameroon in an African Nations Cup qualifier in March.
To have the audacity to try a shot from that range and also get the execution spot on was something to marvel and it was deservedly listed by FIFA as one of their top 10 goals of 2016.
The rise of Percy Tau
Tau had looked as though his future lay away from Mamelodi Sundowns at the turn of the year and he spent six months on loan at National First Division side Witbank Spurs.
But that drop down a division brought back his confidence, form an swagger, and when he returned to Chloorkop was elevate into the first team by coach Pitso Mosimane.
Tau has not looked back, helping the team to the African Champions League title an becoming one of the most exciting players in the country. What will 2017 hold?
Gavin Hunt finally wins the MTN8
After almost 20 years of trying, Gavin Hunt finally lifted the MTN8 competition title as his BidVest Wits side romped to a 3-0 final success over Mamelodi Sundowns.
The victory was sweet for Hunt, who has not found cup success easy to come by own the years despite consistently performing well in the league, especially latterly with SuperSport United and Wits.
Bafana’s zero losses in 2016
Coach Shakes Mashaba may have lost his job, but Bafana Bafana can at least look back on an unbeaten 2016.
Their 11 matches resulted in five wins and six draws, the most notable victory being the 2-1 World Cup qualifier win over Senegal, but they also claimed the COSAFA Castle Cup title with essentially the Under-23 side in Namibia.
Thanda Royal Zulu storming the NFD
It may be the NFD, but there is something still very impressive about the surge of Thanda Royal Zulu to the top of the division at the halfway point of the season.
The KwaZulu-Natal side are unbeaten with 10 wins and five draws from their 15 matches, scoring an impressive 30 goals and conceding just 10.
Well done to coach Roger Sikhakhane and his players!