Pitso's 6 picks for player of the season

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has named two Kaizer Chiefs stars among six players he considers to be in the running for the Footballer of the Season award.

The end of the 2019/20 season means plenty of debate will be had regarding the favourite to win the annual PSL Footballer of the Season award.

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Naturally some Sundowns stars cannot be left out of the discussion after they bagged a domestic treble, but some Chiefs individuals also played a major role in their title challenge despite the club ultimately missing out on silverware.

Though the PSL have yet to indicate plans for this year's awards ceremony, which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mosimane has named the six candidates he reckons are candidates for the big prize should the ceremony go ahead.

"I'll start first with my players, Themba Zwane must win it. Why? I mean, he's been consistent for the whole season," Mosimane told the media.

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"Unless it's an Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season, then I understand and then I'd say he's got a little bit of competition from [Samir] Nurkovic.

"I think [Nurkovic] deserves something, to be honest. The guy played well, the guy attacks, scores, defends; he's unbelievable, he's a monster. He's done very well. 

"But for me, it's Themba Zwane – he scored a lot of goals, created a lot of chances, made us play; and the difference is Nurkovic plays after seven days while Zwane plays after two days.

"The stress and fatigue, and the mental stress, when Zwane plays in the Absa Premiership is not the same as for Nurkovic, I just want to show the differences. 

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"They might be playing the same number of games in the league but the one just landed on Monday and plays on Wednesday, while the other one played on Sunday and he's playing again [the next] Sunday.

"I know it's not related, but that's my opinion. But [Nurkovic] has done well, I also think Lebogang Manyama did well, to be honest.

"[Gaston] Sirino, I'd put him there but he's sometimes got his things personally, that I say he must clean them, not to be part of that – he can be naughty sometimes and that taints his brilliant performances a little bit, with these red cards and all that.

"Hlompho Kekana would be there; I'd give Themba and Hlompho the same [rating] because they are consistent in the number of games they play under stress and pressure, and Denis [Onyango] is always there."

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