Kaizer Chiefs are one of the teams dominating the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League awards categories, with the likes of Samir Nurkovic and Lebogang Manyama being nominated for prestigious accolades.
The league confirmed the nominees for the Absa Premiership, Footballer of The Season and Cup competitions on Thursday, with the ceremony set to be held next week, October 22 in a virtual event.
Chiefs currently have Nurkovic, who was nominated for the Footballer of the Season award, Daniel Akpeyi for the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the season, Daniel Cardoso for the defender of the season and Lebogang Manyama up for Midfielder and Players’ Player of the season.
“Firstly I would like to thank God for giving me the strength to go through the season. I thank the entire club structures, management, goalie coach, my fellow goalkeepers and the technical team for being patient with me and helping get the best out of me. I never thought at the start of last season that I would be a nominee for such an award. My only aim was to improve my game, but I am glad things worked out. For me this is very exciting,” Akpeyi said on Chiefs’ official website.
“I want to thank all my teammates as I could not have had a season that I had without them. I think I showed good consistency throughout the season. I needed to manage my game well and thankfully I did not get injured. This means a lot to me and the hard work has paid off – hopefully, I can continue this season. I am up against two very good defenders, hopefully, the fact that I chipped in with a few goals will help give me the edge,” Cardoso revealed.
“I put in a lot of hard work last season and these nominations are recognition of that hard work. It was hard to lose the title on the last day, but if you work hard, your efforts will be recognized. We also work for the good of the team, so these individual awards are extra motivation for us to work harder. Overall, I am happy to be nominated for these awards,” Manyama explained.
“To be nominated for such an award after my first season is a good achievement and something to build on going forward. When I came to Chiefs, I saw everything was at the highest level and as a result, I was able to give my best. The fans deserved the title last season and if I can win this award it will be for them. Winning this award will make me happy, I do know that I am up against good players who performed well last season for their teams,” Nurkovic added.