Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and Cape Town City skipper Lebongang Manyama have been voted as the Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the Month for February.
Both Mosimane and Manyama have become synonymous with the monthly awards in recent months as they went to the Premier Soccer League office on Wednesday to collect their individual accolades.
The PSL announced that the Brazilians’ mentor has bagged the accolade for a record of five times during the 2015/16 Absa Premiership campaign while Manyama is receiving his third individual award of this current campaign.
Manyama is currently the joint-top scorer in the league with 11 goals and has continued his fine form going into the month of February.
“The City Boyz skipper was selected by the panel of judges owing to him being a great team player, leading his side by example from the front, continuously improving his reading of the game,” reads the statement.
“Judges were also impressed at his forceful style of play when going forward and his maturity as a player as the 2016/17 Absa Premiership has gone on.
“Manyama from Alexandra, got the nod in a tight contest of voting by the panel of experts, which also saw Mamelodi Sundowns teammates Themba Zwane and Percy Tau and Bidvest Wits’ forward Gabadinho Mhango come close.”
On the other hand, the league’s defending champions resumed their 2017 campaign with a hard-fought victory away at Bloemfontein Celtic, beat Orlando Pirates 6-0 at home, drew with Chippa United and then beat title rivals Bidvest Wits 2-0.
“During this time, the panel experts felt Mosimane has managed to keep his squad motivated and has created a healthy competition in his selection despite having several big names in his side, » said the league.
“Despite playing in other competitions, his team has remained consistent in the Absa Premiership and continues to play attractive, attacking football scoring 12 goals in five matches during this period.
“The Soweto-born coach was selected ahead Eric Tinkler of Cape Town City, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Steve Komphela, the Kaizer Chiefs coach, who were also commended for having good runs during the month of February.”
The awards were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of the broadcast media and football analysts and was convened by renowned local coach Farouk Khan.