COMMENT: Which defenders were unfairly overlooked for the PSL Defender of the Season award?

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Goal takes a look at two players, who deserved to be nominated for PSL Defender of the Season award

The recent 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season saw several defenders rise and produce a series of good displays.

Bidvest Wits full-back Sifiso Hlanti, Cape Town City captain Thamsanqa Mkhize and Mamelodi Sundowns centre-back Ricardo Nascimento have all been nominated for the PSL Defender of the Season award.

A few players were unfairly overlooked for the accolade which recognises the best defender in the top-flight league.

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele enjoyed one of his best seasons in the PSL since making his professional debut for the Soweto giants in 2006.

WhiSuperSport United defender Grant Kekana was a revelation in the Matsatsantsa defence.

Goal takes a look at two defenders, who deserved to be nominated for PSL award:


HAPPY JELE - ORLANDO PIRATES


Defender PS

The experienced defender was probably one of the reasons why Pirates were able to maintain their push for the PSL title until the last day of the campaign.

Pirates boasted the joint-best defence in the league having conceded only 24 goals from 30 matches which they shared with the champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Jele, who missed only one game throughout the campaign, was a consistent performer at the heart of the Bucs defence

The 32-year-old impressed with the ability to dominate the penalty area, winning headers and tackles, while organizing the backline and reading the game well.

Jele was also a threat at the other end of the pitch and he managed to find the back of the net against Chippa United, and he picked up the Man of the Match award after a clash with Bidvest Wits.


GRANT KEKANA - SUPERSPORT UNITED


Defender PS

The versatile defender was part of a SuperSport defence which was key to the Tshwane giants finishing in the top six in the PSL.

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SuperSport conceded 29 goals in 30 matches making it the joint-second best defence - a record they shared with third-placed Bidvest Wits.

Kekana, who is full-back by trade, was converted into a central defender and he produced impressive displays at the heart of the Matsatsantsa's defence.

As a result, Kekana, whose 27 appearances were the most for any SuperSport defender, was preferred ahead of accomplished central defenders Bongani Khumalo and Morgan Gould.

The 26-year-old's ability to play out from the back under pressure also caught the eye, and he scored a goal which set the tone for a big victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Tshwane Derby.

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