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Who is PSL’s Midfielder of the Season?

20:14 EAT 18/05/2018
Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates end of season review
Goal picks three midfielders who did well for themselves and their respective teams this season - but who was head and shoulders above the rest?

With the Premier Soccer League on the verge of concluding the 2017/18 business, all eyes are firmly set on the end of the season awards.

In this feature, Goal takes a look at the three midfielders who were consistent enough to deserve the crown.


3. THABO NODADA


The Ixopo-born midfielder has been a revelation under debutant coach Benni McCarthy in the heart of Cape Town City's midfield.

Nodada has already been chosen as the club’s Player of the Season despite their failure to lift a trophy in their second season in the top flight.

The 23-year-old was instrumental for the club when the chips were down where his big match temperament came to the fore on many occasions.

Under McCarthy’s reign, they managed to reach the MTN8 Cup final, managed three consecutive wins in the Caf Confederation Cup as well as a decent run in the league.

Although they could not win the trophy, reach the group stages of the continental tournament or even do better that their third place finish in the league, Nodada deserves praise for consistency as he partnered with Teko Modise and Roland Putsche in midfield.

Having finished inside the top eight with 40 points, Nodada played in 25 league matches, netted once as well as producing two assists along the way for the club.


2. HLOMPHO KEKANA


The Mamelodi Sundowns skipper has showed maturity and consistency in his game despite failing to have a proper pre-season.

At 32, the man from Zebediela is not showing any signs of fatigue or stopping to deliver solid performances for his side.

Understandably for his age, Pitso Mosimane did not use Kekana in all of their matches, opting to use Tiyani Mabunda and Oupa Manyisa in the middle of the park.

However, the former SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic man amassed 33 appearances in all competitions for the Brazilians.

The Bafana Bafana international provided four assists and netted three goals as he managed to make his dream of lifting his first PSL trophy as the Sundowns skipper come true.

His ability to pick up the likes of Khama Billiat, Percy Tau and Themba Zwane with his trademark long balls made standout among the rest of the midfielders.


1. MUSA NYATAMA


The former Team of Choice and Brazilians’ creative midfielder completed his shift from Bloemfontein Celtic at the beginning of the season.

For many, having failed at a big club like Sundowns, Nyatama was seen as someone headed to add numbers of players who would flop at the Soweto giants.

Under coach Milutin Sredojevic, Nyatama had no time to settle down and impress the new boss because the season was just about to begin.

On the other hand, he faced a challenge of fighting for a starting berth with the likes of Mpho Makola, Issa Sarr and Thamsanqa Sangweni among others.

Having made 28 PSL appearances, two above Kekana who is a strong contender, Nyatama has taken the role of leading the club with distinction.

Although the 30-year-old’s primary aim was to settle down in his maiden season with the Soweto giants, he was handed the captain’s armband on a number of occasions when Thabo Matlaba was absent – thus showing his maturity and quality.

Despite the pressure and a massive responsibility of leading a team of Pirates' calibre, the box-to-box midfielder scored four goals and provided three assists in the league as they returned to the Caf Champions League for the 2018/19 season – they finished second with 55 points.

During that period, Nyatama scooped a whopping six man of the match awards.

In all competitions, excluding the MTN8 Cup, Nyatama amassed 30 appearances in his debut season with the Sea Robbers - a remarkable feat considering the competition he faced at the club.