Analysing MTN8 Last Man Standing nominees Jeremy Brockie, Thabo Nodada and Ronwen Williams
Posted: 26 May 2018 Time: 14:00
With the nominees for the annual PSL Awards now known, KickOff.com brings you a statistical breakdown of all the candidates in the build up to the prestigious event.
The curtain will officially close on the 2017/18 PSL season next Tuesday, when the league’s top performers will be recognised for their efforts across the campaign at the always-glamorous PSL Awards ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre.
This week KickOff.com has been analysing the nominees in each major category, giving an overview of their season and the merits for their nomination.
Next up, we analyse the three contenders in the running for the MTN8 Last Man Standing award: Jeremy Brockie, Thabo Nodada and Ronwen Williams.
The New Zealand striker made sure he left SuperSport United with one last piece of silverware before his long-awaited move to Mamelodi Sundowns, playing a pivotal role in helping Matsatsantsa reach the MTN8 final and claim the first piece of silverware on offer in the 2017/18 season. Having netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals, Brockie was at his destructive best in the second-leg semi-final against Maritzburg United, heading home a brace to single-handedly take SuperSport United to the final following their 1-1 first leg result. Despite not registering his name on the scoresheet in the final, Brockie ended the tournament as the top scorer with three goals, and a winner’s medal around his neck.
With central midfielders rarely given the spotlight, often doing their gritty work unnoticed, Nodada’s contribution from the centre of the park cannot be undermined. The hard-working 23-year-old, affectionately known as ‘Kante’ for his similarities with Chelsea’s N’Golo, played every minute of his side’s MTN8 campaign, running his socks off as usual in the victories over Polokwane City and Bidvest Wits, yet was unfortunate to end a memorable campaign without silverware as Cape Town City was pipped to the post on penalties by SuperSport United in the final.
Williams proved the hero for SuperSport, his consistency throughout the tournament and superb showing in the final making him a key figure in the club’s eventual success. Playing all four games across the competition, he shut out Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals before letting just one goal slide in the team’s two-legged victory over Maritzburg United in the last-four. Yet it was in the final showdown where Williams stepped up to the plate: with the lottery of penalties deciding the contest, the 26-year-old denied both Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi from the spot to help his side to a 4-2 shootout victory, and the R8-million prize.
Who do you feel is most deserving of the MTN8 Last Man Standing award?