MALAWI national football team striker Gabadinho Mhango has failed to win the MTN8 Last Man Standing Award for the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).
The PSL awards gala took place on Monday night at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, where Mhango’s BidVest Wits team mate, Daine Klate, won the award.
In an interview yesterday, the former Nyasa Big Bullets prolific striker said he was disappointed to miss out on the award.
“I have to accept the results and move on. Of course, I was very confident of winning the award after scoring some vital goals in the MTN Top8 but I need to move on and focus on next season,” Mhango said.
Mhango was the only Malawian nominated for this year’s PSL awards.
Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Joseph Kamwendo commended Mhango for earning the nomination, adding that it was difficult for Malawians to be nominated for such awards.
“I was watching the PSL awards presentation and when I heard about Gabadinho competing for the MTN Last Man Standing Award, I was very happy. But I knew that it would be hard for him to claim the award. Let us encourage him to work hard so that he can make it next year,” Kamwendo said.
During the gala, Lebohang Manyama of Cape Town City walked away with awards for PSL best footballer, Players’ Player of the Season and the Golden Boot.
The best footballer award is voted for by 16 coaches whereas players vote for Players’ Player of the Year accolade.
PSL champions Wits also enjoyed a successful night with the club’s Coach, Gavin Hunt, voted the best in South Africa.
Wits’ Darren Keet also won goalkeeper of the season award whereas Captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo, received the best defender recognition, with Phakamani Mahlambi named best up-and-coming player.
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