JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic was Thursday named the Absa Premiership Coach of the Month, at the same time Black Leopards’ Zambian-born striker Mwape Musonda won the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award.
The gongs, presented to the pair at the Premier League offices in Parktown, Johannesburg Thursday, are for March/April.
Both the Serbian-born coach and the Zambian forward returned to the stage at the Premier Soccer League offices for the coveted monthly individual awards, for the second time during this thrilling 2018/19 Absa Premiership season.
Under Micho, the Buccaneers played six matches during the period of 1 March – 24 April, and Sredojevic guided them to four wins and two draws, collecting 14 points out of a possible 18.
The Absa Premiership title-chasing side grabbed home wins over Leopards, Free State Stars respectively, beat Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United away and drew with neck-and-neck title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
The judging panel praised Sredojevic for instilling a winning culture within the team, tightening the defence and also having shaped Pirates well in these latter stages of the season to have his team’s short-term objectives tailored to win the league title.
Musonda, on the other hand, scored a hat-trick during his side’s come-from-behind victory over Chippa United and then also scored in three successive matches during the March/April period.
He has largely been superb in front of goal despite his side’s inconsistent run of results, scoring six goals in Leopard’s four games during this time, keeping his side just above the relegation zone with only a couple of matches left to play until the end of the Absa Premiership 2018/2019 campaign.
Musonda, top goal scorer in the National First Division last season, has opened a huge gap atop the Absa Premiership top scorers’ chart with 14 goals to his name.
Sredojevic and Musonda will each receive R5 000 from Absa, proud sponsors of the Absa Premiership.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Khama Biliat took home the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month award for March. The Zimbabwean attacker scored a curling scintillating goal from 25-yards to equalise for Amakhosi in their 1-1 draw against SuperSport United in early March. He also takes home R5, 000 for his effort.