There’s just no telling how bad the PSL awards show was
It was supposed to be a glorious night for the footballers but resembled a badly directed kindergarten play
Whoever was responsible for the cringeworthy Premier Soccer League (PSL) end-of-season awards at the Sandton Convention Centre should be tied and flogged in public.
Someone dropped the ball on Tuesday night and there were times when what was supposed to be a glorious night for the footballers resembled a badly directed kindergarten play.
It’s a shame that Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau’s big night — he won the PSL Footballer of the Season award, the Player’s Player of the Season gong, and shared the top scorer accolade with Polokwane City hitman Rodney Ramagalela — was nearly soured by amateurish errors that could have been easily avoided with better planning.
Amused Twitter subscribers watching the event on television were merciless in their analysis and gave scathing reviews on social media as the litany of mistakes played out.Tweeps nearly wet themselves with laughter when the wrong awards were handed out to the winners in an awkward faux pas that succeeded in embarrassing a brand that has always prided itself on its professionalism.
As if that was not enough, there were times when the microphones picked up the audio from behind the scenes and relayed the conversations to the speakers inside the venue. It was cringeworthy.
In hindsight, the alarm bells should have gone off when comedian Bongani Dube took to the stage before the start of the proceedings and told the audience that he would provide the entertainment during the commercial breaks.
Chris Mampane has been responsible for this part of the production in the last couple of years but someone decided that a change was needed.Dube crashed and burned right before our eyes and his brand of humour failed to get the laughs from an audience that was nothing like his usual crowd.
It wasn’t long before the audience lost interest in him and took to Twitter to communicate their unhappiness with his brand of humour during the commercial breaks.
SuperSport presenter Robert Marawa stepped in at some stage and tried to rescue the situation, but Dube was already too far gone and there was no saving him.
A little birdie tells me that the poor production upset a lot of people and the organisers will have to answer uncomfortable questions as the people who sign the cheques continue to survey what remains of the wreckage.
The bottom line is the PSL’s marketing strategy over the years has leaned heavily on trying to sell the domestic top flight as one of the best leagues in the world, but based on what we saw on Tuesday night someone did them a huge disservice.