Mosimane and Billiat scoop monthly accolades
Coach Pitso Mosimane’s award was his fifth of the season, which is a PSL record.
JOHANNESBURG - A day after winning the Premier Soccer League, Mamelodi Sundowns coach and on-form striker Khama Billiat picked up individual awards as they were named the Coach and Player of the Month for March and April.
Given Sundowns' form this season and their recent run in the league, it was expected that Mosimane would walk away with the trophy, while Billiat was an obvious winner because of his direct involvement in the club's victories in the last few weeks.
Mosimane's award was his fifth of the season, which is a PSL record - which now puts him squarely in the driving seat to win the overall Coach of the Year award at the end of the season.
On Wednesday night, Downs walked away with a record seventh PSL title and the second in the three seasons Mosimane has been in charge of the club.
Liberian striker Anthony Laffor produced what was arguably his best performance this whole campaign as he netted all three goals that saw his side beat the University of Pretoria 3-0 in Tshwane.
The three points were all the Chloorkop outfit needed to take the league away from challengers, Wits, who to their own detriment, drew 2-2 with Mpumalanga Black Aces on Tuesday night.
After their victory, coach Mosimane said one player who has contributed greatly to the club's cause this season and, without a doubt, deserves to win the Player of the Year award, is midfielder Hlompho Kekana.
"These boys deserve it, especially Kekana, he's the most underrated. This boy has won so many cups but he's not the talk of the town, that's why I tipped him as one of the contenders for player of the year, because he played right through the year. He defends, he passes and he scores"
Meanwhile, speaking to EWN Sport , former Sundowns player Matthew Booth says the club's success this year comes down to their consistency.
"They've been the best team of the season, most importantly, the most consistent from a squad and starting 11 point of view and its paid dividends. Their medical staff have been superb in keeping their starting 11 as fresh as possible"
The mission is still not accomplished for Sundowns, they still have two more games to play, against Wits and Platinum Stars and they still have the chance of breaking the points tally record of 69, set by Kaizer Chiefs last season.