Orlando Pirates defender Olisa Ndah nominated

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Ndah has come up for nomination for an award that pits him against some talents based in Europe.

Ndah joined Pirates at the beginning of the season from Nigerian club Akwa United and has been without a doubt a standout performer at the back for the club.

2020/21: Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United, 16 go
2020/21: Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United, 16 goals) – still at SuperSport United
2019/20: Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park) & Gabadi
2019/20: Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park) & Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates, 16 goals each) – Shaulile is now at Mamelodi Sundowns while Mhango is still with Pirates
2018/19: Mwape Musonda (Black Leopards, 16 goals)
2018/19: Mwape Musonda (Black Leopards, 16 goals) – now at Swallows FC
2017/18: Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns) & Rodney Ra
2017/18: Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns) & Rodney Ramagalela (Polokwane City, 11 goals each) – Tau is now at Al Ahly while Ramagalela is at Chippa United
2016/17: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City, 13 goal
2016/17: Lebogang Manyama (Cape Town City, 13 goals) – now at Kaizer Chiefs
2015/16: Collins Mbesuma (Mpumalanga Black Aces, 1
2015/16: Collins Mbesuma (Mpumalanga Black Aces, 14 goals) – now at Pretoria Callies
2014/15: Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars, 14 goa
2014/15: Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars, 14 goals) – back at Free State Stars
2013/14: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs, 10 goals)
2013/14: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs, 10 goals) – still at Kaizer Chiefs
2012/13: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows, 13 goal
2012/13: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows, 13 goals) – retired, most recently "assisting" at Tshwane South College
2011/12: Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows, 20 g
2011/12: Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows, 20 goals) – retired, assistant coach at AmaZulu
Scroll through the gallery to see where the last 1
Scroll through the gallery to see where the last 10 winners of the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award are now

Towering, effective when marking and comfortable on the ball, Ndah gathered 31 appearances playing in central defence and even had an occasion when he was slotted in to play at right-back.

The Nigerian defender’s qualities meant he played the most football in the DStv Premiership of all central defenders at the club and restricted Thulani Hlatshwayo and Kwanda Mngonyama to limited appearances.

Along the way, Ndah played for the Super Eagles at the AFCON finals at the beginning of the year with fellow countryman Prince Olomu suggesting that he should leave for Europe to enhance his chances of becoming a regular in the national team.

Following the solid season that he has had with The Bucs, Ndah has now been nominated for the Eagles Tracker Defender of the Season.

The Eagles Tracker awards highlight and celebrates the most outstanding Nigerian footballers around the world with 13 categories this year.

Ndah is up against Victor Moses – formerly with Chelsea, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Crystal Palace and Fenerbahce and now with Spartak Moscow.

Also in contention is Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto, left-footed central defender Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers) and towering West Bromwich Albion defender Semi Ajay.

The winner will be named on June 16 in a virtual ceremony.