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Who is PSL's Goalkeeper of the Season?

16:41 IST 15/05/2018
Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs - end of season review
Goal takes a look at the three goalkeepers who were outstanding throughout the season

A few goalkeepers raised the bar really high during the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL), but who deserves the Goalkeeper of the Season accolade? 

Goal picks out three outstanding goalkeepers and crowns the winner:


3. RICHARD OFORI


The Ghana international hit the ground running after joining Maritzburg from Wa All Stars as he quickly established himself as the club's first-choice keeper. Ofori was preferred ahead of fellow goal-minders Jethren Barr and Bongani Mpandle by Maritzburg head coach Fadlu Davids.

The Team of Choice enjoyed their best season in the elite league, finishing fourth in the league for the first time in their history, and Ofori was one of the reasons why the Team of Choice excelled.

The 24-year-old made 27 league appearances - impressively keeping 11 clean sheets in the process. The team conceded 23 goals in the league which was the second best defensive record this season.

Ofori has been touted as one of the signings of the season as he was able to adapt quickly in the PSL and he became one of the club's key players and boosting his chances of being included in the next Black Stars squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

The brave shot-stopper was also one of the key players as Maritzburg reached the 2017/18 Nedbank Cup final. The former Ghana youth international is likely to be nominated for the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season accolade. But the fact that he made several goalkeeping errors could dent his chances of winning the prestigious award.


2. DENIS ONYANGO


The accomplished goal-minder was a vital cog in Pitso Mosimane's side, who clinched the PSL title for a record eighth-time.

Despite facing strong competition from Ghana international Razak Brimah and Zambian veteran Kennedy Mweene during the 2017/18 season, Onyango remained the Brazilians' first-choice keeper.

Onyango's clean sheet record is impressive, considering the frailties of his side’s defence during the campaign as Mosimane struggled to form a consistent backline due to injuries to key defenders such as Ricardo Nascimento and Wayne Arendse. The 33-year-old kept 12 clean sheets from 25 matches with the team conceding 24 goals in the league.

Sundowns endured a grueling campaign as they they balanced the three competitions they were involved in - the PSL, Caf Champions League as well as the Nedbank Cup, and they managed to win the league title and reach the semi-finals of South Africa's FA Cup with Onyango being one of the team's best players and he deserves a special praise for remaining consistent during the most crucial stages of the season.

Onyango, who is the last person to win the Caf Best Player based in Africa award in 2016, will have a big shout in who wins the Goalkeeper of the Season award following his stellar performances in between the sticks for Sundowns.


1. ITUMELENG KHUNE


The 30-year-old proved once again that he is one of the best keepers in the country as he produced consistent performances for Amakhosi, who had capped off a disappointing season by finishing third in the league and qualifying for next year's Caf Confederation Cup, and it was largely thanks to Khune's heroics in goal.

Chiefs conceded 22 goals in 30 league games which was the best defensive record.

And while he didn't do it alone, Khune deserves all the praise for always remaining on top of his game throughout the campaign. He boasts the most clean sheets (16) from 27 league matches played.

While he was beaten easily in the final few games of the season, Khune's hard work and a series of magnificent saves that kept Chiefs in the race for the better part of the season cannot be looked. 

Even Pitso Mosimane tipped him for the Player of the Season award, and if he happens to miss out on that, then he should be able to wipe the tears with the Goalkeeper of the Season award.