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Opinion: Dolly to cause big debate at the end of the season?

The DStv Premiership is threatening to become a foregone conclusion early next year, at the rate Mamelodi Sundowns are winning and that could mean only one thing.

Sundowns pulled five points clear at the top of the log, with a game in hand after thrashing Marumo Gallants 4-0 on Sunday and also remained unbeaten.

The fact that the Brazilians are even yet to concede in the league should indicate that they could break the record of winning the league title at the earliest time, never mind finishing the season unbeaten or never conceding. 

That could only mean in the awards ceremony for the DStv Premiership, the Tshwane giants could make a clean sweep, with Peter Shalulile a contender for winning the major personal accolades, like the Footballer of the Season award, especially since he's already the leading goal-scorer with eight goals in the league.

However, Kaizer Chiefs, despite not being in Sundowns' level, they could have a say in the debate for the Player of the Season award and that could be the only thing keeping them relevant for the rest of the season, if Keagan Dolly can maintain his form.

Dolly is one of the in-form players at the moment, perhaps only second to Shalulile but what gives the former Sundowns midfielder the edge is that he easily passes the eye test, score goals and gets assists.

The Amakhosi wide-forward has carried Stuart Baxter's charges so far, not only with the goals but with the assists as well.

Dolly has netted five goals so far in the league after netting a brace against Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby. And before Sundowns could play against Gallants Sunday, he was only one goal behind Shalulile in the goal-scoring charts but the Namibian also scored a brace and took his tally to eight

But the Chiefs star does not only score goals, he assists as well, and if he can maintain his form for the rest of the season, there could be a big debate on who should be the Player of the Season.

Dolly has already registered three assists in the league. Only Vincent Pule, Tshidiso Patjie and Neo Maema have assisted more, all three of them tied with four assists. 

A lot of people could argue that Shalulile should have a better chance of winning it because Sundowns would have won the league and should therefore not even be a debate.

However, players like Teko Modise, Thulani Serero, Lebogang Manyama have won those major personal awards without actually winning the league title with their teams and if Dolly continues to be Amakhosi's standout performer with goals and assists, I wouldn't envy the judges who make that decision at the end of the season. 

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