What a time to be alive – Shalulile
Thursday night will reveal whether Peter Shalulile walks away with the PSL Player of the Season accolade.
21 October 2020 | Sports
The year 2020 has been exceptional for Namibian international Peter Shalulile as he not only jointly won the PSL Golden Boot with 16 goals, but is now in contention for the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League Player of the Season Award.
Playing in the PSL is a dream come true for many players, but being consistent and delivering when it matters is another thing. Also, being nominated as one of the best footballers of the season is an accolade only achieved by those who put in the work and with that, Thursday evening through a virtual event which will take place at 20:00 will reveal who walks away with the coveted prize.
Shalulile is competing for the coveted prize against the likes of Samir Nurkovic (Kaizer Chiefs), Gaston Sirino and Themba Zwane (both Mamelodi Sundowns). This year, there are four nominees instead of the normal three after the players were tied on votes and could not be separated even after using the provisions in the rules to eliminate names.
Voting for the PSL Footballer of the Season is done by Premier Division coaches only.
Fans back Shalulile
Many fans in Namibia believe that the award should go to Shalulile.
“This guy has worked extremely hard this year. Imagine doing so well in the PSL. He deserves it really,” said Kevin Matias. Another fan, Peter Heita, said that Shalulile's work ethic should motivate local players to push themselves.
Despite bagging the club's top goal scorer award for finding the back of the net 19 times in all competitions, as well as the player's player of the season award, the Namibian did not receive the player of the season award at Highlands Park's end of season awards.
That award went to veteran midfielder Lindokuhle Mbatha. Mbatha, a former Brazilian himself, registered no goals.
The Namibian was also nominated for the Kick Off Player of the Season award. On Sunday he made his debut for Sundowns in the MTN8 Cup.
Despite being knocked out with a 1-0 defeat in the quarter-finals by Bloemfontein Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Shalulile created a great chance to score, something which he was known for at his former club, Highlands Park.