The telecommunications sponsors have taken the initiative to award the goalkeeper of the tournament with a hefty R100 000 prize – which is a motivating factor considering that goalkeepers rarely win any awards.
“This is finally going to be jackpot time for all the goalkeepers. It will also be no surprise if the competition produces an array of miracle saves by goalkeepers.
“Keepers have never really been given a chance to be part of the recognition ranks because of the position that we play.
“We will now all make the job of strikers even more difficult because we’ll be motivated to win that big prize. There will certainly be fewer goals conceded and perhaps some of the saves that were last seen when Patson Banda and Cyprian Maimane were between the posts, will again be seen.
Phali, a regular at Cosmos playing 175 games since making his debut during the 2000-2001 season, spent a frustrating spell at Orlando Pirates last season before returning to Ezenkosi this season.
Cosmos play Free State Stars in the Telkom quarterfinals at Goble Park Stadium on Saturday, October 27.