Pitso Mosimane and Khama Billiat
celebrated their Absa Premiership championship triumph with Mamelodi Sundowns by
winning the final Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the Month awards for the
The Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Mosimane, has
now been honoured a record six times with the award this season. He accepted
his award at Absa’s headquarters in Johannesburg when league winners Mamelodi Sundowns
visited the Absa Premiership sponsors as part of their Champion’s Tour.
Victories over University of Pretoria,
Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars in May secured The Brazilians a new
points-tally record of 71 in the Premier Soccer League era, during a season of
complete dominance over their rivals, winning the title with a 14-point gap
ahead of nearest rivals Wits.
An expanded judging panel once again
praised Mosimane for the manner in which he has been able to keep his squad
fresh, for selecting a consistent line-up, his man-management skills of a large
squad and ensuring that his side continued to play an attractive brand of
football even after having been confirmed as league champions. Mosimane was
also singled out for having a strong technical team, with all units collaborating
extremely efficiently in the run-in to the title.
Chippa United coach Dan Malesela and
Serame Letsoaka of Bloemfontein Celtic, also received special mentions from the judges for their
efforts during the month of May.
Meanwhile, Billiat was an overwhelming winner
from a strong seven-player shortlist which included his teammates Hlompo Kekana,
Thabo Nthete and Dennis Onyango, Thami Sangweni from Chippa United, the Bloemfontein
Celtic duo of Lyle Lakay and Thapelo Morenaas well as Gabadinho Mhango of
The skillful Zimbabwean attacking
midfielder, a candidate for Footballer of the Season, provided three assists on
the night Sundowns clinched the league title at AmaTuks on May 11, while he
also scored two goals in the last two matches of the season in May. The judges
praised him for his consistent intelligent play and felt he was head and
shoulders above his peers.
and Coach of the Month were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of
the media and football analysts. The panel was convened by Farouk Khan.
proud sponsors of the Absa Premiership, Absa congratulates Billiat and Mosimane
on winning their respective awards for May. They have had an outstanding
Panel: Farouk Khan (convenor), Phumlani Msibi, William Shongwe, Arnold Rankoko, Joe Hudla, Velile