By: Ndumiso Nxumalo
Clean sweeps for Orlando Pirates as Coach Milutin Sredojevic, Musa Nyatama and Justin Shonga were crowned the coach, player and goal of the month winners respectively during the individual Absa Premiership monthly awards.
Coach Micho as he is prominently known won his second coach of the month award for the 2017/2018 season. Sredojevic had tough contenders as Maritzburg United’s Fadlu Davis and Luc Eymael of Free State Stars were also in the race to take the award.
Amabhakaniya’s midfielder Musa Nyatama won the Absa Premiership Player of the Month after an impressive run, winning back to back Man of the Match awards. Nyatama was praised for his creativity in the centre of the park for Pirates, his ability to play penetrative passes and how he attacks and defends.
Nyatama beat teammates Thembinkosi Lorch and Luvuyo Memela as well as on form Siphesihle Ndlovu of Maritzburg United to the award.
After winning the award, Nyantama said that Lorch deserves the award more than him.
“He’s been doing very well for the team and also as a team collectedly we have been doing well. The amount of work we put on training and homework we do on our opponents has been working for us so we will keep on doing so,” said Nyatama.
In the Goal of the Month category, Pirates forward Justin Shonga saw his stunning long-range goal against Chippa United in February emerge as the one with the most votes in the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month competition voted for by football fans.
The Zambian wins the sixth Goal of the Month award of the 2017/18 season following Polokwane City teammates’ Rodney Ramagalela and Ndivuwo Ravhuhali’s successes earlier in the season, Hlompho Kekana in November, Tiyani Mabunda for December and Leonardo Castro in January, in the Absa Premiership’s exciting monthly recognition awards for the best goal of the month that were introduced last season.