Cape Town - Gavin Hunt and Moeneeb Josephs continued
their celebrations of winning the 2016/17 Premiership title by clinching
the final PSL Coach and Player of the Month awards of the
campaign, for May 2017.
The Bidvest Wits coach and goalkeeper
were honoured during the monthly media event hosted at the Premier Soccer
League offices on Wednesday morning.
Four key victories over Mamelodi
Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United and Polokwane City in May ensured
the Clever Boys won their first league title since the inception of the club in
The judging panel made up of football
broadcasters, football analysts and past players, praised Hunt for using his
experience to manage the team well and having got them to play direct, winning
football during this period. The judges also noted how the four-time league
winning coach got his side to grind out results against very difficult
oppositions during a critical point in the season in their title chase.
Platinum Stars’ coach Cavin Johnson,
Clinton Larsen of Golden Arrows and Fadlu Davids, the April Coach of the Month
recipient and Maritzburg United coach, received a special mention from the
judges for their efforts during the month of May.
Meanwhile, Josephs, a two-time league
winner during his days at Orlando Pirates, became the second goalkeeper to
clinch the individual player award in the 2016/17 season after Dennis Onyango of
Mamelodi Sundowns won the award for April. The Cape Town-born shot stopper
pipped other strong candidates such as teammates Thulani Hlatswayo and Thabang
Monare, Mamelodi Sundowns striker Yannick Zakri and Kurt Leintjies of
Maritzburg United, to the award.
The three-time Premiership winning
goalkeeper was praised for the calmness and stability he brought into the Wits’
defence during a tough period of the season, as the club faced some tricky games.
During the four matches he played in May, ‘Slim Kat’ went 270 minutes unbeaten,
meaning he kept three clean sheets in three consecutive matches, as Wits
collected nine points in the process to go on top of the Absa Premiership log