PSL celebrates top players

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) finished off the 2014/15 with its annual awards ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre last night.

Kaizer Chiefs’ Tefu Mashamaite walked away with half a million rands and the title of the best player in the Premier Soccer League last night. Mashamaite also won the defender of the season and players’ player of the season awards at the

Another big winner for the evening was veteran midfielder Teko Modise of Mamelodi Sundowns. The 32-year-old Modise walked away with awards for midfielder of the season and player of the tournament in the Nedbank Cup.

Bidvest Wits, who finished third in the PSL at 52 points, went into the awards with three nominations.  Moneeb ‘Slimkat’ Josephs took the goalkeeper of the season nod while Phumlani Ntshangase was chosen as the young player of the season.

Wits’ Thulani Hlatshwayo was also nominated but lost the defender of the season award to Mashamaite.

Kazier Chiefs were the biggest winners of the evening, with two pieces of silverware under their belt from the MTN 8 and the ABSA Premiership 2014/15 title. Coach Stuart Baxter of Amakhosi Amahle walked away with coach of the season and George Maluleke was the last man standing in the MTN 8.

A complete list of the winners is below:

TELKOM KNOCKOUT:

Champions: SuperSport United

Player of the Tournament: Dove Wome (Supersport United)

MTN 8:

Champions: Kazier Chiefs

Last Man Standing (player of the tournament): George Maluleke (Kazier Chiefs)

All three nominated players in this category were from Kazier Chiefs

Nedbank Cup:

Champions: Mamelodi Sundowns

Player of the Tournament: Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Young Player of the Tournament: Tashreeq Morris (Ajax Cape Town)

Other awards within the PSL:

Top Goal scorer in the National First Division: Phumelele Bhengu (Thanda Royal Zulu)

Multichoice Diski Challenge Player of the Tournament: Dikgang Ngcobo (University of Pretoria)

Referee of the Season: Phillip Tinyani

Assistant Referee of the Season: Peter Chauke

Chairman’s Award: Botha Msila – staunch supporter of Bloemfontein Celtics

ABSA Premiership

Goalkeeper of the Season: Moneeb Josephs (Bidvest Wits)

Young Player of the Season: Phumlani Ntshangase (Bidvest Wits)

Coach of the Season: Stuart Baxter (Kazier Chiefs)

Top Goal Scorer of the Season: Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars)

ABSA Premiership Champs: Kazier Chiefs

Defender of the Season: Tefu Mashamaite (Kazier Chiefs)

Midfielder of the Season: Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Absa-lutely Awesome Goal: Menzi Masuku (Orlando Pirates)

Players’ player of the Season (voted for by other players): Tefu Mashamaite (Ka9izer Chiefs)

Footballer of the Season (voted for by the 16 PSL coaches): Tefu Mashamaite (Kaizer Chiefs)

LISTICLE: RIP John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu

John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu former Bafana Bafana and Kazier Chiefs player passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the age 49. He died after a long battle with cancer. Moshoeu’s skill and passion for football made him a delight to watch. In memory of this football giant, here are some highlights of his illustrious career.

1.’ Shooooooozzzzzzzzzz’ As Moshoeu was affectionately known played  73 games in Bafana colours. In total he scored 8 goals for them.

2. Moshoeu, an attacking midfielder, was coach  of Alexandra United FC, an amateur ABC Motsepe League side, up until May 2014

The club that Moshoeu coached for till May 2014.

The club that Moshoeu coached of till May 2014.

 

The ABC Motsepe League, formerly known as the Vodacom League is the  National Second Division league and it is the third tier of the South African Football structure.

 

3. He played internationally as well for Turkish clubs such as  Fenerbahçe and Bursaspor between 1997-2003, appearing 123 times in total for both teams.

Fenerbahçe
Fenerbahçe

Both teams form part of the Turkish Süper Lig, which is the professional soccer league in Turkey.

4. Moshoeu became one of the oldest players to have appeared in the African Cup of Nations in 2004. Shortly afterwards he ended his international career.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder Shoes Moshoeu. Photo: Goal.com

Legend: Former Bafana Bafana and Kazier Chiefs player, Shoes Moshoeu. Photo: Goal.com

5.Most important of all, it seems Shoes was a wonderful human being, and an equally wonderful sportsman. Here are some tweets from former team mates and people he’s worked with: