#PSLAwards: Footballer of the Season
Posted: 29 May 2018 Time: 17:00
With the PSL Awards ceremony almost upon us, KickOff.com continues to bring 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 tonight, 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.
Over the past week KickOff.com has been analysing the nominees in each major category, giving an overview of their season and the merits for their nomination.
We end our analysis with the ultimate prize, the Footballer of the Season category, which will this year be contested by Hlompho Kekana, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Percy Tau.
The consistency shown by Kekana is remarkable, with the Mamelodi Sundowns captain nominated for the Footballer of the Season accolade for a third straight year.
A hard-working tough-tackler and a leader with a keen eye for goal, the 33-year-old played in all but four of his side’s 30 league-winning games, contributing three goals and five assists as he led his side to championship glory.
Also nominated for the Midfielder of the Season award, Kekana’s numbers prove his high work rate across the pitch this season where he averaged two shots and 56 passes per 90 minutes, while recording an average of 1.7 blocks and 3.5 clearances per match.
One of many standout performers for Maritzburg United this season, Ndlovu made a name himself following a number of eye-catching performances across the campaign, with the promising young talent cementing himself as a definite star of the future.
Nominated for the Midfielder and Young Player of the Season accolades as well, the 21-year-old banged in five goals while contributing four assists, playing a pivotal role in helping Maritzburg United to a record fourth-place league finish.
The talented midfielder was the most fouled player across the PSL this term, and ended the season with a 17.9% conversion rate in front of goal – the fourth highest of all players in the league.
In the defensive department, Ndlovu – who has been called up into Stuart Baxter’s COSAFA Cup squad – averaged just over two blocks and two clearances per game, while winning 1.3 tackles per 90 minutes, the second-most in his team.
The attacking talent’s star continued to rise even higher this campaign, as arguably one of South Africa’s best players enjoyed a season to behold in guiding his side to title-winning success.
Topping the charts for both goals and assists, Tau contributed 11 of each in the league, making him directly involved in 45% of all the goals his side scored this season.
The 24-year-old also led the way in shots taken, shots on target and completed number of dribbles of any player in the league this campaign, and was the only player to reach double figures in non-penalty goals.
The Bafana Bafana international featured in all 30 games for The Brazilians, starting 29 and introduced as a substitute just once, playing a leading role in helping Downs lift their eighth league title of the PSL era.
Who do you feel is most deserving of the Footballer of the Season award?