Maritzburg United development product Siphesihle Ndlovu has become the first ever player in the club’s history to claim Absa Premiership Player of the Month award after he was named as the best of the rest for January.
The award winners were announced at the PSL offices on Monday, and with some sensational performances to his credit, the diminutive yet powerful Ndlovu was surely a deserved winner, beating off the challenge of some more established and experienced players from Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits.
It confirmed his status as one of the PSL’s rapidly rising stars.
“The local boy from Ashdown township in Pietermaritzburg is the first player in the club’s history to win the Player of the Month award. His recognition comes after having hugely impressed in all the five games in which he featured for the Team of Choice during the month of January, having played in every minute of those games,” stated the PSL.
“The judges felt Ndlovu, who is a product of the Team of Choice development, completes his duties as a central midfielder with aplomb, possessing some commendable defensive qualities while most of his side’s attacking moves start through him.
“In January, the 21-year old Ndlovu, provided all the assists during United’s 3-0 demolition of Free State Stars away from home with his exceptional displays in other matches instrumental in getting his team to being among the top five teams in the Absa Premiership log standings.
“Other players that came into contention for the award included the in-form Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela, Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso and Thulani Hlatshwayo, the Bidvest Wits captain.”
The 21-year-old Ndlovu is into his second full season at the Team of Choice, and has featured in 19 of 21 league matches this term, weighting in with three goals – including one in Friday night’s win over AmaZulu, and a handful of assists.
“It’s an honour to be named Player of the Month,” Ndlovu said. “When they called me I felt shocked and surprised, because it’s my first time and I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. It’s like when you have coffee, it tastes much nicer and sweeter with sugar!
“I must also give credit to my team-mates, it’s not all about me, they are always pushing me, the senior players help me, so I believe the credit should go to them.”
The Player and Coach of the Month (Pirates coach Miluton Sredojevic) awards were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of the broadcast media and football analysts.
Judging panel: Velile Mbuli, Kwena Moabelo, Stanton Fredericks, Fabian McCarthy.