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Third accolade in a row for Downs coaching duo

JOBURG – The manner in which Jali broke down opponents’ attacks and in turn starts build-ups to Sundowns attacks was amazing, say the panel of judges.

Mamelodi Sundowns coaching duo of Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena have won a third consecutive DStv Premiership Coach of the Month award after claiming the December 2021 prize.

The co-coaches of the defending league champions picked up the December award after an impressive run last month when they led the Brazilians to four victories and two draws in the seven matches they played. They suffered their first loss of the season away to AmaZulu.

Royal AM, SuperSport United, and Baroka FC were all beaten and the highlight of the Brazilians’ good run in December came when they thumped title rivals Orlando Pirates at home. In the seven games, they conceded seven goals, hitting the back of the net 12 times, to end the month and year 14 points clear of the second placed Sea Robbers.

The coaches were praised for their good squad rotation and grinding out results in a tough period ahead of the mid-season break. Marumo Gallants new coach Dan Masilela, who brought positive changes to the club in December, gave Mngqithi and Mokwena a good tussle during the judging session but fell short on the votes. Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids of the Buccaneers also received acknowledgement.

After playing a stellar role for Masandawana in December, Andile Jali was named the DStv Premiership player of the Month. The midfielder beat his teammate Peter Shalulile, Kwame Peprah of Pirates, Chippa United’s Eva Nga and Royal AM forward Victor Letsoalo to the award.

The judging panel commented, “Jali was outstanding in December. He was a marvel to watch as he bossed the Yellow Machine’s midfield. His experience has been invaluable during a loaded period in December.

Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokoena receives the DStv Coach of the Month award along with fellow coach Manqoba Mngqithi. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

“The manner in which he broke down opponents’ attacks and in turn starts build-ups to Sundowns attacks, which on some occasions led to goals, has been very impressive.”

Kaizer Chiefs young midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo saw his stunning goal, curled from his left foot against Maritzburg United, rewarded by the fans as it was voted the DStv Premiership Goal of the Month for December.

Mngqithi, Mokwena, Jali and Ngcobo will each receive a trophy and R7 000 courtesy of league sponsors, DStv.

The judging panel consisted of Baba Mthethwa (convenor, SuperSport), Mpho Letsholonyane (SuperSport), Tshililo Nelufule (Phalaphala FM), Jonty Mark (Citizen), Zakhele Xaba (Isolezwe), and Reggie Ndlovu (SuperSport).


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