Phungulwa in line for top award

Phungulwa in line for top award

MASERU – The Bantu duo of James Madidilane and Lindokuhle Phungulwa (Pictured) are in line for a double dose of Econet Premier League monthly awards after the nominees for October’s accolades were revealed on Monday.
The ‘A Matšo Matebele’ pair won the coach and player of the month awards for September and they kept up their sterling work to be amongst the top contenders for October.

Madidilane, who saw off ex-Lioli coach Halemakale Mahlaha and Majantja’s Motlatsi Shale to the September accolade, is up against Matlama’s Mosito Matela and Motheo Mohapi of Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) for the October coaching gong.
It is a tight race.

Traditional heavyweights Matlama and LDF enjoyed revivals during October with both going undefeated in their three league games during the month. However, Madidilane would probably have to be the favourite to win the award again after leading the champions to two wins from three games in October and adding a cherry on top with the side’s Independence Cup triumph.

The nominees for October’s awards were announced at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena during the same ceremony to reveal September’s winners.
“I want to thank all the coaches in the league especially Mahlaha and Shale who were contending for this award, I think I won this award because you pushed me,” Bantu boss Madidilane said when receiving his coach of the month award.

“I also want to thank Bantu players and the technical team, if it wasn’t because of you I wouldn’t have won this award.”
‘A Matšo Matebele’ fans will be hoping their coach is again joined on the podium by Phungulwa who has been a revelation for the Mafeteng giants this season.
For the September players award, the midfielder beat out Bantu teammate Thabo Selisa, Liphakoe’s Setho Moshoeshoe, Tankiso Tabi of Lioli and Majantja’s Keketso Tlhaba to pocket the M3 500 grand prize.

Phungulwa, who joined Bantu at the start of last season from the development structures of South African outfit Bloemfontein Celtic, was again one of the side’s driving forces in October and for his consistent displays he has again been rewarded with a player of the month nomination.
This time Phungulwa will go up against Kick4Life’s Tšepang Ntšenyane, LDF’s Tšepo Toloane, Lisema Lebokollane of Matlama and Lioli defender Kopano Tseka.

The monthly premier league player and coach awards are a new innovation that arrived with Econet’s bumper sponsorship of the top-flight which was unveiled in August and will see the telecommunications giant fork out M2 million each season for the next three years.
The monthly accolades will be awarded until the end of the campaign in May 2018.
October Nominees:
The public can vote for their favourite player and coach by sending their unique code to 65250. Each SMS will cost M1 and voting closes on October 31.

Player of the Month:
Lindokuhle Phungulwa (Bantu) P01
Tšepang Ntšenyane (Kick4Life) P02
Tšepo Toloane (LDF) P03
Kopano Tseka (Lioli) P04
Lisema Lebokollane (Matlama) P05
Coach of the Month:
James Madidilane (Bantu) C01
Motheo Mohapi (LDF) C02
Mosito Matela (Matlama) C03

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