By Ernest Makhaya
Former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Phil “Chippa” Masinga has told Goal that he would prefer Senzo Meyiwa to win the Goal South Africa Player of the Year award.
Three PSL-based players - Meyiwa, Itumeleng Khune and Siphiwe Tshabalala – as well two European-based players, Tokelo Rantie and Steven Pienaar, were all shortlisted for the award.
But Masinga believes that Pienaar doesn’t stand a chance because he missed a few games for Everton this year due to injuries.
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He believes that Meyiwa’s performances this year, especially in the Caf Champions League, makes him the favourite to win the award.
“With the two European-based players – Steven Pienaar and Tokelo Rantie – I think it’s a tough decision to make,” Masinga told Goal.
“All the players have done well this year, but I think it’s different with Pienaar because he had a few injuries this year which for me rules him out of the race,” he said.
“So, I think Senzo Meyiwa deserves the award based on his team’s fine form in the Caf Champions League, and how he played during the tournament itself,” added Masinga.
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