Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Sport and Recreation, and Footballer of the Year, Lebogang Manyama during the 2016/2017 PSL Awards evening at Sandton Convention Centre on July 10, 2017 in Johannesburg. Picture: LEE WARREN/ GALLO IMAGES
Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Sport and Recreation, and Footballer of the Year, Lebogang Manyama during the 2016/2017 PSL Awards evening at Sandton Convention Centre on July 10, 2017 in Johannesburg. Picture: LEE WARREN/ GALLO IMAGES

The Lebogang Manyama fairytale continued on Monday night after the Cape Town City captain walked away with three accolades at the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) awards, including the coveted Footballer of the Season award.

Manyama saw off stiff competition from BidVest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo and Mamelodi Sundowns veteran Hlompho Kekana.

The night certainly belonged to Manyama as he also walked away with the Player’s Player of the Season and the Top Goalscorer awards.

Manyama was nominated in four categories but his City colleague Aubrey Ngoma edged his captain to win the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament award.

Manyama was always expected to be crowned SA football’s best player and he said a few days ago he was confident of winning the accolade.

‘‘I have to be confident that I will win the award but at the same time I have to be humble and also respect the two gentlemen [Hlatshwayo and Kekana]‚" Manyama said.

Premiership champions Wits also enjoyed a successful night as Gavin Hunt won the coach of the season award, while Darren Keet was recognised as the league’s best goalkeeper after helping the club win a maiden title in its 95-year existence in May.

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