Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler won his second Absa Premiership coach of the month award of the 2016/17 season when he was voted coach of the month. While, Bidvest Wits’ defender and captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo, walked away with the player of the month accolade, also for March.
Tinkler has guided his team to the top of the Absa Premiership standings with eight matches remaining. While the Citizens have surprised many observers with their consistent impressive league form that has seen them become surprise title challengers, the judging panel singled out Tinkler for having kept his player’s feet on the ground and remaining focused during this period.
In as far as votes for the individual monthly player award is concerned, the Soweto-born hard tackling defender Hlatshwayo was closely followed by three in-form attackers; Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City, Mohamed Anas from Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs’ Bernard Parker. The panel of experts singled out the Students’ man also known as Tyson for using defending as an art and his exceptional display on the field.
The Players and Coach of the Month awards were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of the broadcast media and football analysts and was convened by renowned local coach Farouk Khan.