With the 2011/12 Namibia Premier League having come to an end, it is now time to choose the FNB Player of the Season.
We have selected 10 finalists, made up of our seven FNB Player of the Month finalists and three more players who excelled throughout the season.
The FNB Player of the Season will receive a unit trust from FNB Namibia, while a lucky reader who votes for him will receive a gift hamper from FNB Namibia.
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The finalists are:
Player 1: Rudi Louw - African Stars
Our November FNB Player of the Month, Rudi Louw had a great start to the season, scoring five goals in his first three matches to be the early leader in the goal scorer of the season competition. He was the top goal scorer till the 9th round when Jerome Louis took the lead. In the second round of the competition he didn’t make the starting lineup too often, coming on as a substitute on occasion.
Player 2: Arnold Subeb - Black Africa
Our December FNB Player of the Month, Arnold Subeb was back to his best this season and played a major role in helping Black Africa win their second league title in a row.
After the first seven rounds, BA were still unbeaten with six wins and a draw and were leading the log with 19 points from a possible 21. In the process they had scored 15 goals and conceded only one goal.
At the end of the season, Black Africa had conceded only 12 goals - the least in the competition, to underline their strong defensive capabilities and of course, Subeb’s great form in goals.
Player 3: Edy Mangoumou - SKW
Our January FNB Player of the Month, SKW defensive midfielder Edy Mangoumou had a great season so for SKW and helped them reach second position on the log at the end of the first round.
As a defensive midfielder, he was one of SKW’s star players with his strong challenges and robust tackles, his high work rate and speed to the breakdown.
He was a consistent performer throughout the season and played in most of SKW’s matches. They eventually finished fifth on the log.
Player 4: Jerome Louis - Black Africa
Our March FNB Player of the Month, Louis was back to his goal scoring best and took over at the top of the Goal Scorers chart in Round 9 of the 22-round competition.
He maintained his position at the top and eventually finished joint top goal scorer of the season with 12 goals alongside Richard Kavendji of Hotspurs.
His consistent goalscoring and incisive attacks helped Black Africa set the pace from the start, as they led the log from the start to the end of the season.
Player 5: Bryan Bantam - Black Africa
Our April FNB Player of the Month, Bantam had a great season, and was instrumental in Black Africa’s successful season. Playing at the heart of Black Africa’s midfield, his visionary passes and fine interplay with his team mates led to numerous goals, while Bantam was also in great goalscoring form himself. He eventually finished joint sixth on the Goal Scorers list with six goals.
Player 6: Hendrik Somaeb - Blue Waters
Our May FNB Player of the Month, Somaeb was in outstanding form for Blue Waters this season, to help them finish fourth on the log.
Playing as an attacking right winger he was at the heart of Blue Waters’ attacks while he was also their top goal scorer with 8 goals, to finish joint fourth on the goal scorers list.
His pace and superb ball control made him one of the most dangerous attackers in the league.
Player 7: Peter Steven - Civics
Our June FNB Player of the Month, Steven had a great season with Civics, considering that he only joined the club at the beginning of the season, from second division outfit Namib Colts.
He made a solid debut in a 1-1 draw against Blue Waters and soon cemented his place in the starting line up. He went on to play 19 of Civics’ 22 league matches and his defensive prowess played a big role in Civics’ resurgence in the second round as they eventually finished second on the log.
Player 8: Richard Kavendji - Hotspurs
Richard Kavendji had a remarkable season, finishing as the joint top goal scorer in the league with Black Africa’s Jerome Louis, despite the fact that his club Hotspurs finished last and were relegated to the first division.
He was at the forefront of Hotspurs’ attacks and his constant pressure and ball control made him one of the finest finishers in the league.
Player 9: Sadney Urikhob - Civics
Sadney Urikhob’s arrival at Civics at the start of the second round had a lot to do with their resurgence in form which saw them moving up from sixth to second place on the log.
His exceptional pace and constant pressure gave opposing defences nightmares at while he also scored some memorable goals and finished joint fifth on the goal scoring chart with 7 goals.
Player 10: Harold Ochurub - Mighty Gunners
Harold Ochurub once again underlined his goal scoring prowess despite the fact that his team Mighty Gunners could only finish eighth on the log.
After winning the Goal Scorer of the Year award in 2010/11 with 12 goals, Ochurub finished second this season with 10 goals. He displayed a fine eye for goal and scored some great goals with his powerful running.