Cape Town - For the second time
this season, it was a clean sweep at the Absa Premiership monthly awards for
Kaizer Chiefs as Giovanni Solinas and Khama Billiat took home the Coach and
Player of the Month awards respectively for September.
After facing a
difficult start as the new Amakhosi
coach, which saw his side go four matches without a league win in August,
things finally fell into place for the Soweto giants in September.
kicked off the month by changing the club’s fortunes with an impressive 4-1
away win against Cape Town City. That first Absa Premiership win was to be the
start of a great month for the club as it was followed by a 2-0 victory over
Free State Stars in Bethlehem before defeating AmaZulu 2-0 to close off the
victorious month of September.
The Italian-born coach
was rewarded for guiding his side to these three consecutive wins in an
unbeaten month for the Amakhosi.
Solinas’ side only conceded once and scored eight goals during the period. The
panel of judges made up of sporting media, analysts and former players,
applauded Solinas for having inspired his side during the FIFA international
break, improving his defence and maintaining winning performances despite his
Other coaches who were
mentioned for the good performances during the month included Kaitano Tembo of
SuperSport United, Polokwane City’s Josef Vukusic and Orlando Pirates’ Miluton
who recently joined Kaizer Chiefs from Mamelodi Sundowns, has been rewarded for
his two goals and two assists in the three matches the club played in
September. Billiat scored a double against Cape Town City and created a goal
each in the wins over Free State Stars and AmaZulu. The judges felt Billiat
hugely impressed with his performances over the last month and was a key player
in Chiefs’ exciting attacking display.
midfielder Vincent Pule and Jabulani Maluleke, the Polokwane City captain, were
also praised for their individual brilliance and contributions to their
respective club’s fortunes during the month.
Solinas and Billiat
will each receive R5 000 from Absa, proud sponsors of the Absa
Premiership. Absa congratulates both the coach and player on winning their
respective accolades for September.
Judging panel: Marks Maponyane (convenor), Baba Mthethwa,
Thabiso Tema, Brian Mofokeng, Lebo Motsoeli.