Mamelodi Sundowns co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena celebrated their league triumph with another accolade as they scooped the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for May.
The Brazilians’ new signing this season, Peter Shalulile, took home the DStv Premiership Player of the Month award, also for May.
In the period 2 May to 2 June, the Sundowns coaching duo guided their team to a remarkable five wins and one draw in six outings despite coming under pressure from the chasing AmaZulu FC in early May. Over and above collecting 16 points, the judges were hugely impressed by the duo’s game and squad management while battling both the domestic league and Caf Champions League competitions.
Despite the psychological factor of travelling on the continent, they remained focused on defending their league title, winning it with three games to spare.
Namibia sharpshooter Shalulile was praised for the class he continued to show for the champions in May. In the five outings he featured in, Shalulile scored four times while providing three assists to win his second monthly individual award of the 2020-21 campaign.
Josef Zinnbauer, Dylan Kerr and Kaitano Tembo together with Mosa Lebusa, Rivaldo Coetzee and Ndabayithethi Ndlondlo received great praise from the panel of experts as well, owing to their May performances.
For the fans’ favourite award, the DStv Premiership Goal of the Month, Kaizer Chiefs winger Happy Mashiane got the nod for his stunning free kick from an acute angle in his side’s 2-2 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic.
Judges: Mathews Mpete (convenor), Reggie Ndlovu (SuperSport), Brian Mathe (SuperSport), Thabo Kofa (Lesedi FM), Daniel Mothowagae (City Press), Robin Duke Madlala (Daily Sun).
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