Arendse has been impressed with Mailula’s tenacity and commitment to the game, stating that he wants to score and get involved in every match. The Sundowns starlet is not shy to defend the opposition’s attacks as well, making him a complete player.
The midfielder’s top form throughout the season could lead him to secure a hat-trick of awards. His consistency has been one of his strongest assets, unlike some of his competitors, such as Saleng, who have been known to disappear in some matches. Shalulile is Mailula’s strongest rival for the Footballer of the Season award, but Arendse believes that the Sundowns youngster deserves the recognition.
Mailula has just begun his international career with Bafana Bafana and is currently in Liberia for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. With the South African national team’s qualification bid at risk, Mailula could potentially influence his selection for the PSL best player of the season award with a standout performance in Tuesday’s match.
Arendse’s colleague at SuperSport, Gavin Hunt, has also voiced his opinion that Sundowns players are likely to make a clean sweep of the awards, highlighting the team’s impressive performances throughout the season.
In conclusion, the PSL Footballer of the Season award is still up for grabs, but Mailula has emerged as the favourite to win it. His consistent performances and complete playing style have impressed many, including Arendse. As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see how Mailula continues to perform and whether he can secure a hat-trick of awards.