Top 5 contenders for PSL Player of the Season

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership is just under 10 matches to conclusion, though it remains to be seen when it will be wrapped up, amid the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

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Despite domestic action currently halted as the world try and avoid the further spread of the disease, the PSL is set for an epic finish once action resumes again.

Five players have already stood head and shoulders above the rest this campaign, and we take a look at how they have put their names in the hat for the PSL Player of the Season accolade.

1) Lebogang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs)

The midfield maestro has rediscovered his form that once saw him crowned the player of the season during the 2017/18 season while on the books of Cape Town City, before sealing a move overseas to Turkey.

Manyama, 29, has contributed immensely to Chiefs’ success this season, scoring six goals with a further nine assists in his 21 league appearances so far this season.

To cap off this feats above, the Tembisa-born attacker has also picked up three individual Man-of-the-Match awards, and is just one adrift of teammate Samir Nurkovic who leads the standings with four.

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2) Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)

‘Mshishi’ has perhaps been the live-wire in Pitso Mosimane‚Äôs team, and has already scored nine league goals this campaign, assisting a further five.

The Bafana Bafana international is also part of the Sundowns team that have claimed the Telkom Knockout triumph this season, and are also on course to bag a treble, as they are in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup and sit second in the Absa Premiership standings behind leaders Chiefs.

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3) Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates)

The diminutive Pirates striker has been the club’s most consistent player, and currently leads the PSL top goalscorers’ chart with 14 league goals this term.

Despite struggling for form under Milutin Sredojevic shortly after joining from Bidvest Wits, his goalscoring prowess became evident under Rulani Mokwena’s tutelage, but the arrival of Josef Zinnbauer saw the Malawian’s form explode, aiding the Soweto giants to seven successive matches without defeat.

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4) Samir Nurkovic (Kaizer Chiefs)

Despite being new to African surroundings, particularly the PSL, the Serbian attacker hit the ground running after the Chiefs faithful questioned the club’s management of signing an unknown striker.

The 27-year-old is also in contention for this season’s Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award having scored 11 league goals, with three assists in 19 league matches.

The Serbian’s combination with Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Manyama upfront, has seen the Glamour Boys score the most goals in the league this season – 40.

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5) Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)

Williams is having one of his best seasons so far, having featured in each and every single match for Matsatsantsa this term, which saw him surpass the 300 games mark for the Tshwane giants.

The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper is well on course to record his previous best when he kept 12 sheets in one season. At the moment, he has already kept opposition attackers at bay on 11 occasions, with six matches still to go.

With Dean Furman leaving at the end of the season, Williams is likely to be roped in as the club’s next captain, and is also part of the side the clinched the MTN8 trophy earlier this season.

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