Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane claimed yet another
back-to-back Absa Premiership Coach of the Month award after overseeing a
faultless start to the second round of the league campaign since January 2016.
Mosimane walked away with the Absa Premiership
coach of the month for both January and February.
Joining Mosimane on stage at the
Premier Soccer League’s monthly awards ceremony was Kaizer Chiefs’ Willard
Katsande and Hlompo Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns, who were both named the Player
of the Month for January and February 2016, respectively.
Mosimane, whose name has become
synonymous with the Absa Premiership monthly awards this season, steered his side to some memorable victories over University of Pretoria,
SuperSport United, Maritzburg United, Chippa United, Free State Stars, Orlando
Pirates and Mpumalanga Black Aces, during the January-February period.
In the process, the Brazilians scored
19 goals that has seen them currently lead the standings with 52 points after
23 games - 4 points ahead of Bidvest Wits.
Mosimane won the award ahead of Bidvest
Wits’ Gavin Hunt and Cavin Johnson from Platinum Stars.
The judges heaped praise on Mosimane in
terms of how he sets out his team to play an attractive style of football, the
extraordinary performance his team displayed over the two months since the turn
of the year and the manner he coaches his team to bring the best out of them.
Katsande’s efforts was recognized for his
consistent display as the grafter in the heart of the Kaizer Chiefs midfield
and being the source of goals for his side during January. The Zimbabwean
narrowly beat Leonardo Castro and Keegan Dolly of Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black
Aces’ Collins Mbesuma, to the award.
Kekana, the hard tackling Sundowns
anchor-man played an integral role during Sundowns impressive winning streak in
the Absa Premiership season during February. He scored once, provided a couple
of assists and became the shield that protected the Sundowns defence.
Kekana’s displays in Sundowns’ incredible
title-chasing run in February, had the judges convinced that he has been the
unsung hero and leader of the star-studded team.
He was also singled out for continuing
to hold things tight in midfield despite the loss to injury of his midfield
partner Bongani Zungu.
His impressive performances also earned Kekana a recall
to the South African national team set up.
Judging Panel: Farouk Khan (convenor), Brian Letsego, Baba Mthethwa, Marks Maponyane, Joe Nxumalo, Jerry Sikhosana, Cyril Nzama.