Swallows coach Musa Nyatama and Cape Town City forward Khanyisa Mayo scooped the DStv Premiership monthly awards for May 2023. Mayo was voted player of the month while Nyatama scooped the coach of the month. Nyatama closed off a great season for Swallows after being appointed as interim coach of the PSL side. 

He had a dream end to the league campaign at the club from fighting relegation to an incredible securing a Top 8 finish on the last day. Swallows were the only club that won all their matches in the month of May. 

MUSA NYATAMA STEERING THE SHIP 

This includes away victories over Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM as well as Marumo Gallants at home. Nyatama becomes the first Swallows FC coach to win the award, after Brandon Truter two seasons ago.

KHANYISA MAYO IN TOP FORM

Meanwhile, Mayo stood out for the judges owing to his sterling contribution during this final month of the season. The two goals he scored secured him a joint-league top goal-scorer award alongside Peter Shalulile. 

Cape Town City finished the season better than they began, eventually securing a 4th-place finish. Its a first-ever 

Nyatama and Mayo both win their first-ever monthly individual award in the DStv Premiership for both Mayo and Nyatama. They will each receive a trophy and R7 000 courtesy of league sponsors, DStv.

Musa Nyatama, Khanyisa Mayo scoop DStv Premiership monthly awards
Swallows coach Musa Nyatama

Also read: PSL announces DStv Premiership goals of the month

Judges: BBK Kortjaas [Sunday Times, convenor], Julia Stuart [SuperSport TV], Brian Letsogo [Motsweding FM], Tshililo Nelufule [PhalaPhala FM], Ofhani Munyai [FARPost].

Previous winners of the DStv Player and Coach of the Month Awards

August

Melusi Buthelezi (TS Galaxy)

José Riveiro

(Orlando Pirates)

September/October

Salim Magoola (Richards Bay F.C.)

Gavin Hunt (SuperSport United)

December/January

Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Rhulani Mokwena (Mamelodi Sundowns)

February/March

Iqraam Rayners (Stellenbosch FC)

Rhulani Mokwena (Mamelodi Sundowns)

April

Iqraam Rayners (Stellenbosch FC)

José Riveiro

(Orlando Pirates)

May

Khanyisa Mayo (Cape Town City)

Musa Nyatama (Swallows FC)

Orlando Pirates edged Cape Town City 2-1 in the DStv Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday in Gauteng to claim a fifth consecutive win.

The match started on a high note as the visitors made their intentions clear. Cape Town City broke the deadlock just 18 minutes into the first half. This is after a great ball from Juan Zapata who picked Khanyisa Mayo. He made no mistake as he puts the ball into the bottom of the corner to give the Citizens a lead.

ORLANDO PIRATES HIT BACK JUST AFTER NINE MINUTES

The Buccaneers found the equaliser through Terrence Dzvukamanja. He connected well with a great header from Maela’s cross to level matters. Both teams went to a break 1-1 all, with neither team able to create clear chances.

The second half got underway with the hosts showing a glimpse of great momentum and creating a couple of chances towards the hour mark after the introduction of Thabiso Monyane and Fortune Makaringe.

THE BUCCANEERS GOT THEIR 7TH WIN IN A ROW

Orlando Pirates have successfully completed a remarkable seven consecutive wins under the guidance of Jose Riveiro in all competitions. They hammered Swallows FC 4-1 in a DStv premiership, followed by a victory over VFA In a Nedbank Cup. The Buccaneers continued their impressive form and stunned SuperSport United 1-0. It was followed by another 2-0 win over Richards Bay and Chippa United. They booted out Dondol Stars to book their spot in this year’s edition of the Nedbank Cup semifinals. They will face rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOT AMBITIONS ON TRACK

Orlando Pirates continued to pile more pressure as they were looking for a winner. The introduction of Kermit Erasmus made a huge difference for the Soweto giants.

Monnapule Saleng was the hero after he capitalized on a great pass from a defender Nkosinathi Sibisi and curled a low shot to put the hosts ahead in the 77th minute of the game.

A win against the Citizens puts the Buccaneers in a good position to stand a chance to claim a second spot to qualify into playing Continental football again next season. The Buccaneers will visit TS Galaxy next week 30th April in a DStv premiership clash.

By Sebastian Meso