Pitso Mosimane, who led a revitalised Mamelodi Sundowns outfit, and Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi have been named as the Absa Premiership Coach and Player of Quarter 4 respectively and both walk away with R15 000 for their efforts.
While the curtain came down on the Absa Premiership this past weekend with the official presentation of the Absa Premiership Trophy being handed to Kaizer Chiefs, there was still the matter at hand of recognising the standout achievers during Quarter 4.
Mosimane has transformed the fortunes of the Brazilians and is slowly sowing the seeds for a solid campaign in 2013/2014. When he took over as the Head Coach of Mamelodi Sundowns, the club was floundering in the bottom half of the table but he has steadied the ship and has got the team playing an attractive brand of football that has yielded positive results of late. Three wins, three draws and a single defeat almost saw the club seal a place in the top eight, with the club narrowly missing out.
Platinum Stars midfield star Robert Ng’ambi has enjoyed a productive season where he has netted 7 goals so far in this campaign. He has really come to form in Quarter 4, where he has scored crucial goals for the club and played an integral part in Platinum Stars maintaining their outside chance of attaining league glory. The judging panel praised Ng’ambi for his a tremendous work-rate, performing a box-to-box role for the club and his passing and playing style that is easy on the eye.
Absa Sponsorship Manager Steward Masela was full of praise for the wining duo saying, “It’s clear that Pitso Mosimane has made an impact on Mamelodi Sundowns and their 5-2 victory against Black Leopards showed a glimpse of what we can expect next season while Robert Ng’ambi has been instrumental for Platinum Stars this season and enjoyed a very productive Q4.”
The Absa Premiership judging panel discussed several candidates who all made a case for winning the Coach of Quarter 4. Other candidates included Dikwena coach Cavin Johnson who has ensured that surprise package Platinum Stars kept pace at the summit of the table throughout the season, Clive Barker for leading Bidvest Wits to a superb top four finish, Clinton Larsen for guiding Bloemfontein Celtic into 5th position, while Mark Harrison’s contribution to Chippa United’s cause also deserves merit.
With regards to players in contention for top honours during Q4, Botswana international Joel Mogorosi has of late proved why Bloemfontein Celtic splashed the cash to secure his services at the beginning of the season.