Kaizer Chiefs captain and defender Jimmy Tau crowned a fruitful season by walking away with the player of the season accolade at the club’s glitzy season-end function in Kyalami on Wednesday evening.
The Bafana Bafana-capped player beat off a challenge from striker Knowledge Musona for the top award.
The 2010/11 season saw Tau reclaim his best form, ending dismal memories of the season before where he lost confidence, form and his regular starting berth in coach Vladimir Vermezovic’s side.
The campaign saw Chiefs lift the Telkom Knockout trophy while finishing third behind Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town in the Premiership standings.
Along with the trophy, the 31-year-old was also handed a R90 000 cheque and a brand new car for his efforts.
After topping the league standings with 15 goals in the campaign, Musona was voted the players’ player of the season by his teammates while also claiming the top goalscorer and goal of the season awards.
This, along with his four Player of the month gongs, means that the Zimbabwean international pocketed R85 000 for an outstanding season.
Other major winners were star winger Siphiwe Tshabalala, voted online player of the season and midfielder Josta Dladla who claimed the fair play award.
Ironically, defender Punch Masenamela, who has now been officially transferred to Mamelodi Sundowns after weeks of speculation, received the most improved player accolade. — Sapa