Lorch awards give Pirates fans some joy
Kekana takes home the Midfielder of the Season accolade
Orlando Pirates fans had something to celebrate after Thembinkosi Lorch walked away with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Footballer of the Season and Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season gongs at the traditional end-of-season PSL awards at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Sunday night.
The accolades will have helped soothe the disappointment of coming close to winning the league title only to see it snatched away by Mamelodi Sundowns on the final day of the season a week ago.
It was one of the closest league title races in years and even though the Bucs finished runners-up to Pitso Mosimane’s swashbuckling Brazilians, Lorch’s contribution to the Pirates cause was enough to see him pip Sundowns rivals Hlompho Kekana and Themba Zwane to the Footballer of the Season award.
The Footballer of the Season accolade is voted by the 16 coaches in the Premiership while the Player’s Player of the Season award is voted by players (players are not allowed to vote for their teammates). Lorch, Kekana and Zwane also squared off in the Premiership Player’s player of the Season and Midfielder of the Season categories.
Kekana took home the Midfielder of the Season accolade. There were no surprises when the Coach of the Season award went to irrepressible Sundowns mentor Mosimane.
Mosimane won the award for the second year in a row after leading the Brazilians to a successive Premiership title.
Vincent Pule’s goal against Polokwane City on the last day of the season was voted by the public as the Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season.
Cape Town City keeper Peter Leeuwenburgh was voted the MTN8 Last Man Standing award. In a good night for goalkeepers, Baroka keeper Elvis Chipezeze took home the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament.
In the Nedbank Cup, champions TS Galaxy were the big winners in both categories. A day after putting Kaizer Chiefs to the sword and scoring the winning goal in the Nedbank Cup final, Zakhele Lepasa deservedly walked away with Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament.
His teammate Terrence Mashego won Most Promising Player of the Tournament. SuperSport United’s Teboho Mokoena won the Premiership Young Player of the Season award.
Full list of winners
Footballer of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates)
Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates)
Premiership Coach of the Season: Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Premiership Young Player of the Season: Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)
Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Premiership Defender of the Season: Ricardo Nascimento (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season: Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates)
MTN8 Last Man Standing: Peter Leeuwenburgh (Cape Town City)
Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka FC)
Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player: Terrence Mashego (TS Galaxy)
Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Zakhele Lepasa (TS Galaxy)
MultiChoice Diski Challenge Most Precious Find: Sipho Chaine (Bloemfontein Celtic)
MultiChoice Diski Shield Player of the Tournament: Siboniso Conco (Lamontville Golden Arrows)
Referee of the Season: Abongile Tom
Assistant Referee of the Season: Emmanuel De Sani