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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena clinched the February/March monthly DStv Premiership coach accolade while Iqraam Rayners won the player of the month for the same period. It is for the first time at Stellenbosch that a player wins the PSL monthly accolade.

Mokwena won the accolade after guiding Mamelodi Sundowns through the month unbeaten. It is also for the second time in succession this season after leading his side to two victories and a draw in three DStv Premiership matches.

Also read: PSL announces first DStv Premiership monthly awards 

Sundowns kicked off the period with a 1-0 away win over Orlando Pirates. They followed that up by another success, a 5-1 thumping at home over Royal AM then played to a 1-1 draw away at Stellenbosch FC.

RULANI MOKWENA MONTHLY AWARD RECOGNITION WELL DESERVED

“Coach Mokwena deserves a lot of credit for how they’ve attacked their spell of league games during this period, by dominating their opponents while also busy with CAF Champions League football. They’ve been unstoppable and the way Mokwena has rotated his squad but still maintained the winning formula has been impressive to witness,” the judges commented.

Mokwena beat Steve Barker of Stellenbosch FC and SuperSport United’s Gavin Hunt to the award.

Iqraam Rayners has won the DStv Premiership player of the month
Iqraam Rayners has won the DStv Premiership player of the month

IQRAAM RAYNERS IN RED HOT FORM

On the other hand Rayners produced five goals in four games during February/March. He marked his return to the Cape winelands with a bag full of goals which helped his side climb up the league table.

Rayners scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win against Chippa United. He then notched up a brace as Stellies beat Richards Bay 2-1 in Durban then followed up with an equalizing goal in his side’s 1-1 draw against runaway leaders Sundowns at home.

Other candidates for the Player of the Month award for this period included Monnapule Saleng of Orlando Pirates and Sundowns’ forward Cassius Mailula.

For their awards, Mokwena together with Rayners will each receive a trophy and R7, 000 courtesy of league sponsors, DStv.

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