nyandoro scoops top award

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Esrom Nyandoro picked up a R100000 cheque last Wednesday evening after getting the nod as Mamelodi Sundowns' player of the season for the second time at a chaotic end-of-the-season awards ceremony in Johannesburg.

It was a sad and shambolic affair, as large numbers of fans almost stormed the venue - and were eventually let in - before they proceeded to help themselves to seats designated for other people, dignitaries included.

Something similar had played itself out earlier on in the day at a "press conference", where Downs had introduced their 10 new players and the new technical sponsor - but the awards were just priceless.

Trying to interview the winners was a mission, as the fans elbowed you out of the way en route to taking photos with their favourite players.

"We apologise for everything that happened yesterday and we admit that there were a few things that could have been done differently and we will improve," Sundowns media and communications manager Mahlatse Mphahlele said.

Besides all the excitement provided by the side-show, Nyandoro expressed his gratitude for his achievements. He also won this award in 2005-2006 and was last season's most consistent player.

The Winners:

Role Model Player of the Season

Michael Manzini R50000

Young Player of the Season

Robyn Johannes R60000

Most Consistent Player

Surprise Moriri R60000

Most Improved Player

Shere Lekgothoane R60000

Excellent Performance and Professional Lifestyle

Calvin Marlin R75000

Most Committed Player

Jorge Acuna R75000

Most Outstanding Player

Brian Baloyi R75000

Player of the Season

Esrom Nyandoro R100000

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