Mkhwanazi nominated for best player gong
BANTU defender Mkhwanazi Mkhwanazi has been nominated alongside Matlama striker Motebang Sera and LDF midfielder Tšepo Toloane for the Econet Premier League player of the season accolade.
The awards have been penned in for 14 June at Victory Hall in Maseru.
The player was also named Bantu’s best singing for the 2018/19 season a fortnight ago.
Mkhwanazi told the Lesotho Times yesterday that he was proud of his nomination and is looking forward to breaking the stereotypes where the award is won by attackers and rarely by defenders.
“I feel honoured and very proud about this nomination,” Mkhwanazi said.
“I am happy that finally, people are getting to notice and appreciate the hard work that I have been putting in for my team this season.
“For a long time this award has always been won by attackers and I just hope and pray that this season God will help me to break the stereotype.”
The Bantu defender, who joined the Mafeteng outfit from Linare at the start of the just ended season admitted that he is faced with stiff competition as both Sera and Toloane also had good seasons that saw them helping both their teams win trophies, a feat that Bantu failed to achieve this season.
“It is stiff competition but that is one thing I like about football. The competition makes it even more interesting. They have both done well for their teams considering that Sera is the league’s top scorer with 18 goals and he also helped Matlama to win the league. On the other hand, Toloane was also instrumental in helping LDF win the LNIG Top8 trophy, so it’s not going to be easy,” he said.
The player, whose football career started at the now defunct Mpharane Celtic, said what changed in his football this season was his way of doing things under new coach James Madidilane.
“I have been playing for a long time but I have never been nominated for the award. When the seasons commenced I wasn’t even a regular for Bantu but thanks to coach Madidilane who kept pushing me.
“What made things even easier is the fact that he had no favorites, so every hard worker got a chance to play and I never gambled with mine, so I cemented my place in the team,” Mkhwanazi said.
Bantu goalkeeper Thabiso Lichaba, Monaheng Ramalefane (Matlama) and Liphakoe shot stopper Tankiso Chaba will be competing in the goalkeeper of the season award.
Neo Mokhachane (Bantu), Rethabile Mokokoana (Matlama) and Thetso Phosholi (LCS) have been nominated for Young Player of the Season.
Thabile Secker (Matlama), Thabo Tšutšulupa of Liphakoe and Bantu’s James Madidilane will battle it out for the Coach of the year award.