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ORLANDO Pirates striker Ndumiso Mabena's nomination for Jet Rookie of the Month competition for February has triggered complaints from the football fraternity.
Mabena has been nominated with Mamelodi Sundowns' midfielder Matthew Pattison, Thato Ferland of Moroka Swallows, Kaizer Chiefs' Jimmy Jambo, Madoda Motha of Mpumalanga Black Aces, Sibusiso Vilakazi of Bidvest Wits and Mamadimo Masenya of Platinum Stars.
Most complaints stemmed from the fact that Mabena has hardly had a run in Rudi Krol's side but Arnold Lampert, who is a consultant for a football publication in charge of nominating the players, said Mabena had earned his nomination.
"The players are judged on their ability and talent, not how many matches they have played," Lampert said.
He defended the decision to nominate the Mpumalanga-born forward: "He might not have played too many matches, but there is no doubting his talent.
"Rudolph Bester was once nominated at 25 years old, but the fact that it was his first season in the PSL was considered. We are obviously not going to get a 30-year-old and label him a rookie, but in cases such as Bester's then exceptions - which are very few - are made," Lampert said.
The consultant acknowledged however that football was a game of opinions.
He said though the publication might be of the opinion that some of their nominees have ability and talent, the general public might disagree.
"We try our best to select players who show promise. If you look at our previous winners, most of them have gone on to do well in their careers."