Itumeleng Khune is a front-runner to win a Premier Soccer League’s Goalkeeper of a Season endowment for 2017-18‚ a pundits say.
The awards will take place during Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night‚ May 29‚ with a nominees to be named on Monday.
TimesLIVE polled 3 pundits‚ with dual putting Kaizer Chiefs screw Khune out front‚ one observant Mamelodi Sundowns’ Denis Onyango competence win a award‚ and Maritzburg United’s Ghanaian gloveman Richard Ofori also mentioned as a candidate.
Khune’s statistics are impressive. Playing for a Chiefs who strained to third place in a PSL‚ he kept 16 purify sheets in 27 starts.
In a initial half of a deteriorate Bafana Bafana’s No.1 won a series of man-of-the-match awards for an off-form Amakhosi‚ who mostly owe their third fixation to their keeper.
Onyango kept 12 purify sheets in 25 starts for champions Sundowns‚ a some-more convincing winning group than Chiefs.
Although‚ Downs’ character of play‚ aiming to measure some-more than a opposition‚ even if they conceded goals‚ substantially played a purpose in that statistic.
Ofori was instrumental in Maritzburg surrender a second-least goals in a PSL‚ 23‚ after Chiefs on 22. Sundowns conceded 24‚ a third-least.
“It’s always tough since when we go on stats alone we don’t unequivocally see things like what were a pivotal saves and things like that‚” pronounced former SuperSport United goalkeeper Calvin Marlin‚ now assistant-coach during Ajax Cape Town.
“I remember when we won it [Goalkeeper of a Season] in 2006 we had indeed not finished a lot in a deteriorate in terms of volume of saves.
“But if we demeanour during ‘Itu’ [Khune] generally we consider he does mount out conduct and shoulders‚ afterwards it would substantially be Denis‚ and afterwards Richard would substantially fill in there somewhere.
“I mean‚ Richard looks a bit ungainly and awkward during times‚ though as a group Maritzburg did good this year.
“But if we demeanour in ubiquitous play‚ we don’t consider Denis had as good a deteriorate as he did a year before.
“He conceded a few goals that we competence have pronounced in improved form he would have saved.
“But in ubiquitous if Itu is not personification for Chiefs they are going to struggle‚ since he’s done some pivotal saves.”
Steve Komphela‚ who quiescent after roughly 3 trophyless seasons as Chiefs manager final month‚ sloping Onyango for this season’s keeper’s award.
“I was tender with Denis Onyango since he is a plain keeper. He was unchanging a whole deteriorate and helped Sundowns to eventually lift a title‚” Komphela said.
“He valid to be a disproportion in many matches that he played and that put him in good stead. There is a clever box for Itumeleng Khune and Richard Ofori though we consider Onyango is somewhat forward of them since he won a league.”
Former Chiefs assistant-coach and TV researcher Farouk Khan believes Khune stood out.
“This difficulty is a bit tricky. we like what we saw from Maritzburg United screw Ofori though we consider Itumeleng Khune was superb for Kaizer Chiefs.
“There is also Denis Onyango who helped Mamelodi Sundowns to a pretension and Badra Ali Sangare of Free State Stars.”