As we head towards the mid season break, the Absa Premiership is getting more exciting with the level of soccer exceeding expectations. The October and November Player and Coach of the Month were combined as there were only five rounds of matches played in the Absa Premiership during October and November.
The selected panel of judges have been keeping a watchful eye over proceedings in the Absa Premiership for the months of October and November. The panel, made up of four reputable members of the media met at the PSL last week where they engaged in healthy debate to deliberate the nominees in the two categories and eventually selected a winner in each.
“This has really turned out to be an exciting season and having sat in on the judging it was evident that the level of football has grown from strength to strength” said Steward Masela, Absa Sponsorship Consultant.
With six players making this month’s list, it demonstrates the high level of football being played in the Absa Premiership this season. The list was made up of the following players Andile Jali (Orlando Pirates), Sibusiso Zuma (Vasco da Gama), Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs), Noah Chivuta (Free State Stars), Thulasizwe Mbuyane (Orlando Pirates) and Siyabonga Nkosi (Golden Arrow). While Zoran Filipovic (Golden Arrows), Clinton Larsen (Bloemfontein Celtic) Carlos das Neves (Vasco da Gama) and Roger de Sa (Bidvest Wits) secured a spot on the Coach of the Month shortlist.
Of the six players nominated, it came down to one player who stood out head and shoulders above the rest- there was no debate that Musona should win the Absa Premiership Player for the months of October and November 2010. The judges’ reasoning for his outright win was that Musona had emerged as the leading marksman in the top-flight this season. He makes good runs and connects well with midfield. This youngster’s BMT (big game temperament) came to the fore having scored a total of four goals during the judging period, including two against arch-rivals Pirates at Soccer City.
In the Absa Premiership Coach of the Month stakes, this is what the judges had to say about the four shortlisted nominees:
Filipovic has turned Golden Arrows from a pretty side to watch to a team that is very difficult to beat. Having received away points against Swallows, Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars, and beating Mpumalanga Black Aces, helping them to rise to third on the standing’s table.
Having just taken over Bloemfontein Celtic, Larsen has settled down in the big league and is performing better than some experienced men. Larsen is getting the results for Celtic as is reflected by the 10 points Siwelele’s amassed in the last month help them up the log to fifth position.
An away win over Kaizer Chiefs was the greatest day in Vasco’s history, with the followed 3-1 win at home over AmaZulu helped put das Neves in the running for the title. This is a team with not big names but have played a constantly a good game with narrow loss’s.
De Sa masterminded a 1-0 home win over Mamelodi Sundowns and a 4-1 away success at Golden Arrows as his highlights of October and November, but also managed to beat Free State Stars 2-0 and secure a point away to Mpumalanga Black Aces. De Sa achieved this feat with a 100% line-up comprising of home-grown youngsters.
After a long discussion and comparing of notes it came down to Larsen being awarded the prize for the Oct/Nov Coach of the Month.
Premier Soccer League CEO, Kjetil Siem, “This months winners are truly deserving of their accolades. We have had a great start to the Absa Premiership with some great performances and I’m certainly looking forward to what 2011 has in store for us.”