The 2014/15 Absa Premiership Awards took place tonight. And these are some of the things we “Obzeved” about the Awards.
Please note that all calculations exclude the Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season – as this is not reflecting of a trend of good performances but an incident of excellence.
Out of the 16 teams in the PSL, only 7 clubs received nominations. Kaizer Chiefs took 38% of the nominations, followed by Ajax Cape Town with 24%; while Polokwane City, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits had 10%. Lastly Bloemfontein Celtics and Platinum Stars both had 3%.
Two clubs in the Top 8 did not receive nominations, namely Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United. But two clubs outside the Top 8 received nominations Polokwane City and Platinum Stars.
That being the case it will also be interesting to note that although Kaizer Chiefs had the most number of nomination, the team with the most number of players nominated was Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs with a tie at 6 players each.
Note to self: Ajax Cape Town features so heavily, one wonders why Rodger De Sa is not nominated for Coach of the Season. But anyway that’s none of my business.
The average age of the nominees is 26 years, but if you exclude the young player of the tournament nominees for Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup the average goes up to 29 years of age. The top three oldest players being Moneeb Josephs (35), Dove Wome (34) and Teko Modise (33) – in that order. Rivaldo Coetzee (19) being the youngest.
Note to self – if the top performers in the league are 28 years of age. Why is it that the biggest debate about players not selected for Bafana Bafana is around players who are in their early 20’s?
The last time a Top Goal Scorer went to a player who is playing for a Club outside the top three was Mabhuti Khanyeza in 2008/09 season for Ajax Cape Town who finished 7th in that season. The last time a Top Goal scorer went to a player who plays for a club outside the Top 8 was in 2007/08 season with Dumisani Ngwenya’s Amazulu who finished 13th that season. In fact, since the start of the Premier Soccer League, Moeketsi Sekola is one of only three players who have ever achieved this with Free State Stars narrowly missing the Top 8 by two points. The third players on that exclusive list would have been Ishmael Maluleke for Manning Rangers who finished 10th in the 2001/02 season with 18 goals.
Finally, the PSL Footballer of the Season was voted for by the 16 PSL coaches. Now we can choose to interpret their vote as saying, these are the players they were most concerned to plan for ahead of facing them. Or you can say these are the players they all wished played in their teams. Either way, 66% of those players were defenders while 33% were in the midfield. The same split shows for the Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season. Go figure!
The 2014/15 PSL Award goes to:
PSL Footballer of the Season
Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season
Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season
Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season
Absa Premiership Defender of the Season
Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season
Absa Premiership Top Scorer
Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season
Absa Premiership Coach of the Season
MTN Last Man Standing
Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament
Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament
Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament