Johnson, Tade win Absa Premiership monthly awards

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson and on-form attacking player, Emiliano Tade, closed out the 2018 monthly individual awards as they were named the Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the Month for November/December.

The Usuthu duo won the coveted monthly accolades following the club’s impressive run of form during the November and December period, where they gathered 10 points out of a possible 12.

Coach Johnson, who has won the award previously during his time with Platinum Stars, was selected the best coach following his side’s brilliant winning form during the period of November/December. The judging panel praised Johnson on getting his side off the bottom of the log standings to their current 11th spot on the Absa Premiership log.

The experienced Johnson guide AmaZulu to a remarkable back-to-back away victories, beating Highlands Park 2-1, a 1-0 win over Chippa United and a pulsating 3-0 home win at home to Bloemfontein Celtic. AmaZulu also played out a goalless draw against a competitive Polokwane City.

The judging panel made up of former players, broadcast media and analysts, commended Johnson for maintaining his entertaining and attacking style of play together with the great man-management skills in lifting his players morale after a bad patch.

The other coaches that were also up for the Coach of the Month award were Orlando Pirates’ Miluton Sredojevic together with Pitso Mosimane from Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits’ Gavin Hunt, for their great efforts with their respective clubs during this period.

Tade, the AmaZulu striker who hails from Argentina, has been rewarded for his brilliant run of consistent form during November/December. He scored three crucial goals and inspired Usuthu with his notable performances upfront for the Umlazi-based side. He was mentioned to have been influential for his club and clinical in front of goal. His combination play with his attacking teammates, his high work rate and superb skills display upfront, impressed the judges.

He received the most votes from the judging panel, surpassing teammate Siyabonga Mbatha, Orlando Pirates duo Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch and Cape Town City forward Ayanda Patosi.

Johnson and Tade will each receive R5 000 from Absa, proud sponsors of the Absa Premiership. Absa congratulates both the coach and player on winning their respective accolades for November/December.

Judging panel: Farouk Khan (convenor), Fabian McCarthy, Simphiwe Dludlu, Scara Thindwa, Velile Mbuli and Mluleki Ntsabo.