Slovakian coach, Vukusic, took home his first coach of the month award since joining Polokwane City at the start of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season. Polokwane City’s good form during the month has catapulted the club into fourth spot on the Absa Premiership log table. Vukusic guided his side to two victories and a draw in October – 1-0 away win at Kaizer Chiefs, 1-1 draw with SuperSport United and then closed off the month with a gritty 1-0 win over Maritzburg United.
“I didn’t know the quality of the PSL. It’s different to watch from outside than to work there. Especially working in a club like Polokwane City. The league is competitive. It was tough for me. I had to get through my philosophy given the quality of the team. said Vukusic
Gavin Hunt, the Bidvest Wits coach, came close to toppling Vukuzic while Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic also received praises from the judges over their team’s performance last month.
“In the time that I’ve been here, I can compare teams. Im happy with my structure, with my squad. I can count on all the players. Experienced players build the character of the team. Jabu shows his character every week when he plays.” said Jozef Vukušic,
Maluleke (36), meanwhile, arguably the most consistent player in the Absa Premiership, was singled out as the best performing player in October owing to his incredible skill in midfield for his Rise and Shine team.
Maluleke’s teammate Edgar Manaka, Orlando Pirates’ winger Vincent Pule and Bidvest Wits duo Simon Murray and Thabang Monare were also mentioned for their form during the month.
Vukuzic and Maluleke 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 October.