• Riekerink, Erasmus, Kutumela win final monthly PSL awards

    Kermit Erasmus of Cape Towns City

    Cape Town City FC forward Kermit Erasmus and manager Jan Olde Riekerink have been named the Absa Premiership Player and Coach of the Month for August/September, respectively. Meanwhile, Maritzburg United striker Thabiso Kutumela scooped the Goal of the Month award.

    The Cape Town City pair are the last recipients of the individual monthly accolades for the recently concluded 2019-20 Absa Premiership season.

    It is the first time Riekerink has been named the Coach of the Month since taking over at the Mother City-based club in November 2019. The Dutchman guided The Citizens to five wins out of their seven games in the bio-bubble since local football’s restart in August.

    In the process, they scored 10 goals and conceded five. The impressive victories, which included some big games for the club, moved City from a lowly position on the log to finish season impressively in sixth position.

    The stocky Erasmus played extremely well throughout this period and his Player of the Month award largely hinged on the four goals he scored in the seven outings for the club, mostly match-winning goals. Players such as Themba Zwane, Bradley Ralani and Ricardo Goss, were also mentioned for their great displays but could not beat Erasmus’ incredible showing, who finished the season with 13 goals to his name.

    Thabiso Kutumela, the Maritzburg United forward, walked away with the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month award for this period. His stunning low drive from outside the 18-yard area in his club’s 2-2 draw with league champions Mamelodi Sundowns, earned him the nod.

    Each of the goals selected during the monthly voting will now go towards the list of goals that will be voted for the Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season to be revealed during the PSL Awards.

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