Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane and Percy Tau from Mamelodi Sundowns have been named the Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the month for December 2017.
The Soweto-born coach steered Sundowns to the top of the log standings with an impressive four victories out of the five games they played in December. During that month, the seven-time Absa Premiership champions earned 12 points thanks to victories over Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic, Maritzburg United and Baroka FC.
Sundowns though, did lose to Cape Town City towards the end of the month in a period which saw them score 10 goals while only conceding twice.
Mosimane adds to his numerous Coach of the Month accolades by winning the prize again in December. He was voted the best coach slightly ahead of Free State Stars's Luc Eymael and Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids. He was praised for his smart rotation of his squad and managing his side to victories in key games while displaying an entertaining brand of football.
Mosimane’s on-form attacker, Tau, who is no stranger to the individual monthly awards ceremony, once again graced the stage at the Premier Soccer League offices to accept his Player of the Month accolade.
Tau, 23, saw the panel of judges made up of broadcasters, analysts and local football legends, overwhelmingly select him to be the best performer ahead of Bloemfontein Celtic’s Victor Letswalo, the Maritzburg United duo of Lebo Maboe and Siphesihle Ndlovu as well as team-mate Dennis Onyango.
He was singled out for having scored four goals in five games including providing an assist in December and the manner in which he carried the team on his young shoulders as The Brazilians turned the corner after a difficult start to the season.
The judges also felt the Witbank-born player's exceptional contribution to Sundowns victories was an important factor to Sundowns' recovery during their slump.
Meanwhile Hlompho Kekana made it a hat-trick of awards for Masandawana after his stunning goal from the centre of the field against Orlando Pirates won the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month award for November.
Voting for the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month for December is open for supporters and the public to vote. The voting will close at midnight on January 31 with there being plenty of superb goals to choose from.