Amla shines at the night of the stars
CRICKET ace Hashim Amla last night won a brand new Lexus and R250,000 in cash after winning South Africa's Sport Star of the Year award
This was during the South African Sport Awards that was attended by the who's who of local and global sports, politics and entertainment.
The darling of South African cricket beat ace Banyana Banyana striker Noko Matlou, golfer Charl Schwartzel, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and Sevens Rugby star Cecil Africa. But Matlou and Van der Burgh still went to the podium after winning the Sportswoman of the Year and Sportsman of the Year awards.
Irrepressible Lucas Sithole shook off the challenge from Samkelo Radebe and Hilton Langehoven to take the Sportsman of the Year with Disability award.
Last month Sithole won the same award at the Gauteng Sports Awards in Kempton Park.
Limpopo wheelchair tennis superstar Kgothatso "KG" Montjane defeated Natalie du Toit and Emily Gray to take the Sportswoman of the Year with Disability award.
As expected, soccer boss Danny Jordaan won the Administrator of the Year while Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane lost to rugby's Frans Ludeke in the Coach of the Year category, with Newcomer of the Year going to swimmer Chad Le Clos.
Surprisingly, soccer star Thulani Serero, who set the PSL alight last season, did not get anything except for the Sportsman of the Year nomination.
Veteran karate administrator Peter "Poison" Thage and rugby star Victor Matfield were honoured with Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement awards.
Other winners: Lefty Shivambu (Photographer of the Year), David Isaacson (Journalist of the Year), Swimming South Africa (Federation of the Year), Silver Malele (Volunteer of the Year), Irvin Khoza, Molefi Oliphant, Jordaan and Sowetan and SundayWorld Sports Editor Sello Rabothata were also honoured.