AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has walked away with the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month award and Mamelodi Sundowns’ striker Peter Shalulile won the Player of the Month award for January/February.
Both McCarthy and Shalulile were named the league’s individual monthly award winners for January/February (period of 12 January – 24 February).
This is the first Coach of the Month award for the former Bafana Bafana striker McCarthy and Shalulile also bagged his first monthly award in the league since his arrival from Namibia in 2015.
Under McCarthy, ‘Usuthu’ picked up 15 points, scored 11 goals and kept three clean sheets in their eight games played in January and February, which saw the club go on an impressive seven-game unbeaten league run after losing to Chiefs on January 13.
“Benni has built a solid, hard-working AmaZulu FC side that is fearless against any opposition in the league,” said the judges.
“Since his arrival, he has created a good and harmonious spirit in his team and has motivated some of the players that were discarded by their previous clubs, to prove a point on the pitch. Having gone unbeaten in seven straight games is an impressive return for AmaZulu FC.”
In-form Sundowns striker Shalulile has scored three goals, provided two assists as well as two secondary assists in six games.
Meanwhile, AmaZulu FC defender Tapelo Xoki joined his coach for the monthly awards presentation as he got the nod from the public and football supporters for the goal of the month gong. It was his brilliantly struck free kick in referee’s optional time when Usuthu beat Bloemfontein Celtic, which was voted the best of the 10 nominated goals.
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For their awards, McCarthy, Shalulile and Xoki will each receive a trophy and R7, 000 courtesy of league sponsors, DStv.
Judges for Coach and Player of the Month: Mark Gleeson (convenor, SuperSport), Dikgang Mabalane (SuperSport), Phumudzo Manenzhe (SABC Sport), Lethabo Kganyago (SABC Sport), Tholakele Mganga (Primedia), Tiyani Mabasa (FARPost), Mninawa Ntloko (Times Live), Njabulo Ngidi (New Frame).
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