Namibia Forward Shalulile Voted Best Player In South Africa

Mamelodi Sundowns forward Peter Shalulile was 450,000 rand richer on Monday after winning the two major annual South African football awards after he scored 22 goals in all competitions for the Pretoria club, and was voted Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season.

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Mamelodi Sundowns forward Peter Shalulile was 450,000 rand richer on Monday after winning the two major annual South African football awards after he scored 22 goals in all competitions for the Pretoria club, and was voted Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.

Coaches of the 16 top-flight clubs chose the Player of the Season. The other prize was decided by a poll of Premiership footballers.

Windhoek-born Shalulile began his professional career with local club Tura Magic in 2011 and joined then second-tier South African outfit Highlands Park four years later.

He moved to Sundowns last year and enjoyed an outstanding first season as his team won a fourth straight Premiership title and reached the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Although Shalulile consistently creates headlines because of his scoring exploits, Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi said it was the selflessness of the Namibian that impressed him.

It was a profitable virtual awards ceremony for non-South Africans, with fellow Namibian Deon Hotto, Zimbabwean Washington Arubi and Ugandan Denis Onyango also winning.

Winger Hotto was voted the best player in the MTN 8, an early season knockout competition reserved for the clubs finishing first to eighth in the previous Premiership.

Goalkeeper Arubi, back in top-flight football last season at the age of 35, was voted the outstanding FA Cup player after helping rank outsiders TTM lift the trophy.

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