True to tradition, Ajax Cape Town’s selection closed the competition with an awards ceremony, the ‘PSL Awards 2012’. George Maluleka, who came to Amsterdam in January this year for an internship, was Player of the Year.
“George has had a good season”, says Maarten Stekelenburg, praising the player of the year. “As a team, we had our ups and downs, and obviously he was a part of that, but he’s one of the few who has performed steadily. That’s also why he’s been called up to play for the national team.”
Several other trophies were given out in addition to Player of the Year. Khama Billiat won the award for being last season’s top scorer, with eight goals. That doesn’t seem like very many. “But as a team, we scored 42 goals, and this gives us third place in terms of goal production. We have many players who can score. That’s worth a lot. It’s better than only having two of them”, says Stekelenburg.
Sean Roberts won the ‘Sportsman of the year’ award. His attitude, diligence and behaviour, both on and off the field, served as a wonderful example for the other Ajax players. With the arrival of Sander Westerveld this year, he was relegated to being the back-up keeper, and the way he approached the situation was commendable. “Sean started as first keeper, and with Sander’s arrival, he moved into the background. But the way in which he dealt with it was good. He supported Sander, but at the same time put up a good fight – in a positive way – to become first keeper again.”
Thato Mokeke was honoured as ‘Rookie of the Year’. “Thato came to the selection last year. This season, he played twelve or thirteen matches. Not very many, but I have high expectations from him”, said Stekelenburg.