Pitso Mosimane and Percy Tau from Mamelodi Sundowns have been named the Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the month for December 2017.
The Soweto-born coach steered Sundowns to the top of the log standings with an impressive four victories out of the five games they played in December. During that month, the seven-time Absa Premiership champions earned 12 points thanks to victories over Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic, Maritzburg United and Baroka FC. Sundowns though, did lose to Cape Town City towards the end of the month in a period which saw them score 10 goals and only conceding twice.
Mosimane adds to his numerous Coach of the Month accolades by winning the prize again in December. He was voted the best coach slightly ahead of Luc Eymael on charge at Free State Stars as well as Fadlu Davids, the Maritzburg United coach. He was praised for his smart rotation of his squad and managing his side to victories in key games while displaying an entertaining brand of football.
Mosimane’s on-form attacker, Tau, who is no stranger to the individual monthly awards ceremony, once again graced the stage at the Premier Soccer League offices to accept his Player of the Month accolade.
Tau, 23, saw the panel of judges made up of broadcasters, analysts and local football legends, overwhelmingly select him to be the best performer on the field during the month of December ahead of Bloemfontein Celtic’s Victor Letswalo, the Maritzburg United duo of Lebo Maboe and Siphesihle Ndlovu as well as teammate Dennis Onyango.
He was singled out for having scored four goals in five games including providing an assist in December and the manner in which he carried the team on his young shoulders as The Brazilians turned the corner after a difficult start to the season.
The judges also felt the lad from Witbank’s exceptional influence to Sundowns victories in the December period contributed to Sundowns recovery during their slump.
The Players and Coach of the Month awards were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of the broadcast media and football analysts.
Judging panel: Farouk Khan (convenor), Baba Mthethwa, Carol Tshabalala, Jerry Sikhosana, James Mayinga, Duane Dell’oca, Bheki Letswalo.