As the 2012/13 beMobile Premier League season draws nearer to an end, Gazette Sport takes a closer look at players with the credentials to win the Player of the Year Award. The official shortlist for the award is often a three-horse af- fair. The criteria for being nominated for the award demands that a player should be involved in at least 75 percent of his team’s matches and have a match winning contribution on a consistent level. The following players have thus staked their claim to the coveted award.
Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi
Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi
Last season’s Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and joint Green Boot winner has continued his rich vein of form by commanding a lead on the top goal-scorers’ chart. He has reached the 20-goal mark again this season and proved that his performances last season were not a fluke. Despite his team’s struggles of late, the striker has helped Mochudi Centre Chiefs stay in the title hunt because of his early season match winning performances. Injuries and the arrival of Jerome Ramatlhakwana have restricted his chances in most games. His goals to games ratio has been second to none and he should surely be among the favourites.
The Nico United marksman has been the surprise package of the season and he has been a consistent performer in his side’s title challenge. Last season the goal scoring responsibilities were upon his fellow striker Master Masitara but Frazer has taken over the mantle as the club’s main crack shot. Frazer has scored 15 goals so far this season, he is the closest challenger to Moloi’s Green Boot lead. His goals have helped Majombolo to maintain a serious title challenge and his rapid rise to goal-scoring prominence will surely not go unnoticed.
Pace, trickery, good delivery and an eye for goals are the key attributes of the Centre Chiefs’ winger. The left-footed player has scored 13 goals so far, the highest by a midfielder in the league. The departure of Joel Mogorosi has helped the youngster grow in terms of his role as the club’s chief creator. He has been a menace to many fullbacks in the league, his dead ball prowess has added another dimension to his game and his double figure tally has helped reduce the goal-scoring burden on Mara Moloi. The Zebras winger has arguably been the club’s best player given his consistent run as a first team player.
A reliable performer who can chip in with his fair share of goals, Piet is the most effective if not the best right winger in the league. He has scored 10 goals so far and his as- sists have also helped team- mates like Masitara and Frazer to increase their goal tallies. He continues to be overlooked for national team duty but he has set the league alight with his dazzling displays. Piet has been a consistent performer recently but his goal return is an indication of his development into a top class winger. Besides Frazer, he has been Nico’s saviour.
Goals, hard work and consistency are the reasons why Tshireletso is such an irrepressible modern winger. The left-footed winger has scored eight league goals thus far. He scored a brace in three consecutive league games recently, the best scoring sequence by a winger on the local soccer scene this season.
He has been a first choice play- er in the national team for a while and his performances should boost his chances of lifting the top individual award.