Ndlovu honoured to be PSL’s player of the month

2018-02-28 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedSiphesihle Ndlovu is the first Maritzburg United player to receive an Absa Premiership Player of the Month award.

PHOTO: suppliedSiphesihle Ndlovu is the first Maritzburg United player to receive an Absa Premiership Player of the Month award.

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HARD-WORKING Maritzburg United midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu was recognised for his efforts yesterday after a string of good performances in the Absa Premiership.

He became the first player in the history of the Team of Choice to win a Player of the Month award, along with Orlando Pirates coach Miluton Sredojevic who was named the Coach of the Month for productivity during January. The 21-year-old KwaMpumuza-born player has been an integral part of Maritzburg’s resurgence, as they currently find themselves in the top half of the Premiership standings with 31 points from 21 matches. He featured in all five outings in January, of which his team won three, lost one and drew one.

A delighted Ndlovu said: “It is always good to win trophies when you work hard and you help the team to get points to achieve something. So, I feel really honoured and privileged to be chosen as the winner.

“It means a lot for the fans and for us as a club, because I could not have done it alone.”

He added: “It’s more special because we won most of the games in that month and we are in a good position on the log now. What’s more important is to win the games, and we try to win each and every game. We have to carry on now. I also have to thank the supporters, because they are always behind us, and the coaches for giving me the platform, as well as my team-mates.”

Ndlovu scored his third goal of the season against AmaZulu at home last Friday.

The Player and Coach of the Month awards were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of the broadcast media and football analysts.

According to the judging panel, Ndlovu “completes his duties as a central midfielder with aplomb, possessing some commendable defensive qualities while most of his side’s attacking moves start through him.”

The young player, who has five man of the match awards under his belt this season, beat in-form Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela, Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso and Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo to the honour. Maritzburg coach Davids was in contention for the coach’s award alongside Luc Eymael, Steve Komphela and Gavin Hunt.

But it went to Pirates’ Serbian coach Sredojevic after he guided the Soweto giants to three wins out of four matches in January, with nine goals scored in those games.

Their 3-1 win away to log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns was the highlight of that month, a result which also saw the team return to being title contenders. Meanwhile, Sundowns’ Tiyani Mabunda claimed the goal of the month award for his superb strike in Sundowns’ 4-1 home win over Bloem Celtic.

Maritzburg will next be in action on Friday night when they meet their former mentor Roger de Sa, now with Platinum Stars, at Harry Gwala Stadium. The match kicks off at 7.30 pm.

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