Mokwena lauds PSL award nominations
Posted: 21 May 2018 Time: 17:30
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has reserved praise for the accuracy in nominations for the upcoming PSL awards.
Mokwena spoke at the nominees announcement after being present to collect the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month (April) award on behalf of Pirates striker Augustine Mulenga.
The budding tactician duly obliged to participate in proceedings, sharing his views on the individuals that are set for honours come May 29 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
“I’ve labelled [the nominations] meritocracy. I’ve said that it’s nice that for once in football the nominations – in my opinion – are based more on merit than popularity,” said Mokwena.
“I think if you look at all the names that have been shortlisted, it is a fair reflection on each of the players’ contributions to the collective success of their respective teams.”
With the likes of Percy Tau and Musa Nyatama amongst those recognised in the top categories, Mokwena believes it is also a show of underdogs rising despite previous doubts over their abilities and possible contributions within their respective sides.
“I think it shows you that at times it’s not about who you are in the past, but about what you want to do and the goals and ambitions you have for yourself at present,” he added.
“I think in relation to the individual players, you see the names that are there – players like Musa Nyatama, for example, was written off and questions were raised as to why Pirates signed him, but he comes back and shows his quality at a big club.
“Percy Tau – no one expected him to be the player he is today, including some people at Sundowns, to be honest with you. There were people at Sundowns who never thought Percy would play for the club, now, today he’s their best player.
“Sundowns almost lost him twice – almost selling him to Bidvest Wits and Ajax Cape Town under coach Ian Taylor. I’m not saying this to put a cloud over the club, but to show the perseverance and fight Percy had to go through to be where he is today.”