Which goalkeepers were unfairly overlooked for the PSL Goalkeeper of the Season award?

Onyango, Williams and Leeuwenburgh are in the running for the Goalkeeper of the Season award, but which shot-stoppers were unfairly overlooked?

Earlier this week, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced nominees for their end-of-season awards ceremony which will be held in Durban on May 19, 2019. 

However, nominees for the goalkeeping department raised a few eyebrows, especially after several shot-stoppers were overlooked for the Goalkeeper of the Season award. 

The league went for Mamelodi Sundowns keeper Denis Onyango, Cape Town City's Peter Leeuwenburgh as well as Ronwen Williams of SuperSport United as the three top goalkeepers for the 2018/19 season.

While the three goalkeepers were fantastic in their own for their respective teams, there are still goalkeepers who would feel hard done for being left out of the running for the accolade. 

Patrick Tignyemb, who left Bloemfontein Celtic unceremoniously with a game to go, would look back at his performances this season and start asking questions. 

Another goalkeeper who may have more questions than answers is Darren Keet of Bidvest Wits

Of the three nominated goalkeepers, only Williams featured in 30 league matches this season, and while he may have conceded too many goals, he did well in ensuring that SuperSport United finished inside the top eight teams on the standings. 


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Phunya Sele Sele's financial problems are well-documented, and no one really expected them to perform the way they did this season. 

The players boycotted several training sessions throughout the season, but Tignyemb was ever present on the field as he often stood between Celtic and defeats. 

Tignyemb made 26 league appearances, enough to be considered for the award - and kept 11 clean sheets in the process. 

He may have not won anything with the Bloemfontein-based side, but it was his performance which made a difference and was key in Celtic finishing in the top eight. 

To many, Celtic's qualification for next season's MTN8 competition was sealed on the final day of the campaign when they beat AmaZulu without Tignyemb at the Mbombela Stadium, but one has to look back at the number of games which the team won or even drew to see how much the Cameroonian shot-stopper contributed in turning their challenging season a success.    


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The Students finished third on the PSL standings, and although they had an average season compared to the previous years where they won trophies, they would still be proud of their efforts. 

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But one player who should be proud is Keet, who only missed four league games for Wits this season while claiming 10 clean sheets in the process.  

Keet was head and shoulders above the majority of goalkeepers in the PSL, conceding 26 goals in 26 games - while earning a spot in Bafana Bafana's crucial Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier away to Libya in March. 

He may have been sidelined in the final few games of the season due to some contractual issues between him and the club, but there's no doubt that Keet was solid for the Clever Boys, and one of the reason the team finished third on the log following the departure of Moeeneeb Josephs at the start of the campaign.