The legend spoke to Goal after Kaizer Chiefs had one player nominated for end-of-season PSL awards
With the Premier Soccer League having announced the nominees for the 2017/18 awards on Monday, only one senior player from Kaizer Chiefs made the cut.
Although they failed to win a trophy this term, Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is the only player who has been nominated for the Goalkeeper of the Season accolade.
Khune produced 16 clean sheets in 27 league appearances for the Soweto giants, but a defender who delivered stellar performances for the club is their centre-back Daniel Cardoso.
However, the former Free State Stars player is not among the three defenders set to clinch the coveted award on May 29 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The 29-year-old amassed 37 appearances in all competitions for the Naturena-based side, but Maritzburg United duo of Bevan Fransman, Siyanda Xulu and Orlando Pirates’ Innocent Maela were all nominated for the Defender of the Season accolade.
Goal exclusively spoke to former Amakhosi defender Gardner Seale, who said it becomes difficult to choose a single player from a team that has not performed well.
According to the former left-back, Chiefs are not used to ending a season without a trophy, but he said finishing third wasn’t bad at all for the Soweto giants.
Seale said Cardoso had an immense contribution under ex-coach Steve Komphela, but he was just unfortunate not to get a nomination.
“Yeah, it was just unfortunate for him not to get a nomination, his overall performance was not bad, but we have to look at the club’s showing this past season,” Seale told Goal.
“It would take people with good eyes to single out one player regardless of how the team performed and I agree that he played well,” said the legend.
“Having said that, he must not be discouraged by the fact he has been overlooked for an award, but I have to say that a player must come from a team… a winning team to get a nomination,” continued the former defender.
“In my opinion, he did well and together with (Joseph) Molangoane, you will remember he filled the void left by Rama (Ramahlwe Mphahlele) when he was injured,” recalled Seale.
“I really don’t know the criteria used to select or nominate the players, but the guy (Molangoane) also made great moves at the back and going forward,” he continued.
“He was quite impressive, but we all know if Chiefs doesn’t win any trophy, it becomes difficult to select their players for specific awards,” acknowledged the 51-year-old.
“I think to have one nominee for the awards must tell the players to work harder because they did not finish in a bad position and are not relegated,” said the Bafana Bafana stalwart.
Speaking about the fact that the club decided not to stage their own end-of-season awards, the former SuperSport United defender said it was a good decision by the club’s management.
“We all know the club was hoping to win the Nedbank Cup and their failure was not easy to swallow or accept,” reacted Seale.
“As I see it, there was not going to be excitement because when a club doesn’t win trophies, you are left to ask yourself, ‘who deserves which award?’,” quizzed Seale.
“If you struggle to come up with the names of players for certain categories, then you must think, ‘no let’s not have the awards at all’,” he added.
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“You will also remember that the awards come with money as incentives and if the club did not win trophies, then there is no use for such awards,” he continued.
“Therefore it was a good decision by the club. However, my advice to Cardoso and others is that they must keep going because we are watching as fans,” said the Soweto-born legend.
“They must not let something they never expected to kill them – it would be different if he (Cardoso) was nominated. I am sure he would be disappointed if he failed to win an award in that case,” concluded Seale.