Themba Zwane has been compared with Teko Modise on quite a number of occasions and the Mamelodi Sundowns star has a good chance to join the retired icon by becoming only the second player to win the footballer of the season in back-to-back seasons.
Zwane is the reigning footballer of the season after his incredible campaign with the Brazilians last term and he was named as one of the three nominees for the award this season, alongside teammate Peter Shalulile and Maritzburg United captain Thabiso Kutumela.
Modise was the first player to win the footballer of the season award when it was introduced in 2008/09, while he was in the colours of Orlando Pirates. At the time, the PSL had the footballer of the season and player of the season as two different awards. Modise won it again the following season and no one has ever won it in consecutive campaigns since then.
Zwane, though, has an opportunity to emulate Modise. The 31-year-old Sundowns player, who is also nominated for the players' player and midfielder of the season award, has scored 11 goals in all domestic competitions for the Brazilians, also contributing with two assists.
Former Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela, who played with both Zwane and Modise, feels the reigning footballer of the season could miss out on the award, with Shalulile more of a favourite, in his opinion.
"I think it's great for him to be there, but I think it's going to be difficult for him. I think Shalulile will take it," Mphela told the Siya crew.
Zwane was on the scoresheet when Sundowns wrapped up their 11th Premiership title triumph on Wednesday, beating Tshwane rivals SuperSport United 3-1 to make it four in a row. He will be key when Sundowns take on Swallows on Saturday, May 29, at Dobsonville Stadium.
There are just 3 matchdays left until the inaugural DStv Premiership champion is crowned.