PSL Conflict about PSL Footballer of the Year won by Serero against loser Jali

Goal takes a look at a number of South African players, both locally and abroad, who have impressed during 2014
From being labeled as "a bunch of losers" by South Africa Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula in January, to "a bunch of winners" by the same Minister toward the end of the year, sums up how our players reputation has improved over 2014.

The local based PSL players, who represented South Africa during the 2014 Chan tournament, were slammed by Mbalula following their first round exit in the tournament.

The bulk of these local players went on to redeem themselves by helping Bafana Bafana qualify for the 2015 Afcon tournament in Equatorial Guinea without losing a single game.
"SA not only performed better on the field, but also produced superior results than the actual 2013 Afcon champions, Nigeria. Now, we're not talking about Chan's Nigeria because that wasn't the real Super Eagles team, just as it wasn't the real Bafana Bafana team back then. Our progress in the real qualifiers is what matters, while Nigeria will sit at home despite the fact that they beat us in Cape Town. I wouldn't use Chan as a key yardstick to judge our players or coaches," stated Goal South Africa Chief Editor Ignat Manjoo.
All our Goal journalists are now analyzing the best South African player performances, whether they're locally or foreign based, to nominate the Top 5 for our annual award.
To name a few stand out performers, not necessarily in our eventual Top 5, there's Sibusiso Vilakazi who dusted himself up after a disappointing Chan tournament in January, and went on to win the PSL Footballer of the Year for his outstanding contribution at club level for Bidvest Wits' rise up the table.