Telkom Knockout top performers to be named tomorrow

Thrilling from the beginning, the Telkom Knockout came to an equally spectacular ending at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday night, with Kaizer Chiefs snatching a 3-2 penalty shootout victory over Mamelodi Sundowns.

Thrilling from the beginning, the Telkom Knockout came to an equally spectacular ending at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday night, with Kaizer Chiefs snatching a 3-2 penalty shootout victory over Mamelodi Sundowns.

Now that the identity of the 2007 Telkom Knockout champions is known, soccer fans will no doubt await with bated breath to discover the identity of the individual award winners.

The answer will be revealed at the awards ceremony to be held at the Wanderers Club Ballroom in Johannesburg tomorrow at noon.

A whopping R750000 is on offer for individual players who made the Telkom Knockout the exhilarating competition it was.

And the big question must no doubt be who will walk away with the R200000 prize money for the player of the tournament.

Young Itumeleng Khune, included in the Bafana Bafana squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana next year, must no doubt be a serious contender.

Khune, however, faces stiff competition from his role model, Brian Baloyi, who pulled off some stunning saves in the matches leading to the final.

They should also be in line for the goalkeeper of the tournament award with Free State Stars' Kennedy Mwene.

The midfielder of the tournament award will be a stiffly contested one.

How the panel of judges separate Sundowns midfield general Esrom Nyandoro and his Zimbabwean compatriot Tinashe Nengomasha of Chiefs remains to be seen.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, Fanyana Dladla and John Maduka should be in contention having set the tournament alight with some brilliant performances.

Would Derrick Spencer's man-of-the-match performance on Saturday be good enough to sway the judges' decision even though it was his one and only appearance in the tournament?

James Matola was excellent for Free State Stars, but will that tackle on Dillon Sheppard rule him out? - Sowetan.

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