The Coach of the Season award will be very closely watched by all, Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane made sure of that with his post-match rant that one time.
The PSL-winning coach is nominated in that category alongside Maritzburg United boss Fadlu Davids and Orlando Pirates mentor Milutin “Micho” Sredojovic.
Personally, I think Mosimane set such high standards for himself in winning doubles and the CAF Champions League that this season he is a victim of his own success because he ONLY won the league.
With the money that Mamelodi Sundowns have spent and the squad he has at his disposal, he SHOULD be winning the league.
And that’s why the argument of Davids winning the award is a valid one.
With the squad he has, he had no right to finish fourth in the league and qualify for a cup final.
If Davids had won the Nedbank Cup, I think there’s a chance he would have been voted coach of the season.
Same goes for Micho, who turned an ordinary and underachieving Pirates into title contenders.
After their worst season ever last time out, when they finished 11th, the Serb has achieved what he set out to do and that’s restore pride in the badge.
Both Maritzburg and Pirates have played entertaining and exciting football this season and I am glad the coaches are recognised.
That said, the award does say PSL Coach of the Season and until they change the name to just “Coach of the Season”, the trophy should go to the man who wins the league.
Then, the top goalscorer award should be scrapped.
Percy Tau and Rodney Ramagalela each scored 11 goals in 30 games to share the award, but a strike rate of less than a goal every other game is not something I think should be celebrated.
The other nominees are all as expected with Tau predicted to walk away with the top award of Footballer of the Season.
He will likely be voted Players’ Player of the Season as well, but I think Siphesihle Ndlovu will be his main contender here.
The Maritzburg United man is the most nominated player in five categories and I think he is guaranteed to win at LEAST two - young player and Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament.
It is also nice to see Musa Nyatama recognised for his contribution to the Pirates midfield this season and the same goes for Bevan Fransman and Siyanda Xulu, the Maritzburg defensive duo.
You can’t please everyone, though, and I think a few players are unfortunate to have missed out.
Daniel Cardoso has been key in the Kaizer Chiefs defence and since Itumeleng Khune is likely to win Goalkeeper of the Season, the defender playing in front of him and contributing to those clean sheets should have been recognised.
Also, one of the Pirates attackers could have got the nod, perhaps Luvuyo Memela who top-scored and created the most goals in a much-changed Bucs side.