Benni McCarthy has claimed his first award since he returned to PSL as he won the DStv Premiership Coach of the Month accolade.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ striker Peter Shalulile took home the Player of the Month award.

Both McCarthy and Shalulile were named the league’s individual monthly award winners for January/February (period of 12 January – 24 February).

This is the first Coach of the Month award for the former Bafana Bafana striker. Shalulile also bagged his first award in the league since his arrival from Namibia in six years ago.

The resurgent Usuthu under the guidance of McCarthy has been notable as Usuthu picked up 15 points, scored 11 goals and kept three clean sheets in their eight games played in January and February, which saw the club go on an impressive seven-game unbeaten league run after losing to Chiefs on January 13.

In-form Shalulile has added his touch of class and high work rate to an already formidable side, having immensely contributed in the league champions’ occupation of the top of the log standings in January and February. In the six games that Shalulile played during the period, he scored three goals, provided two assists as well as two secondary assists.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu defender Tapelo Xoki joined his coach for the monthly awards presentation as he got the nod from the public and football supporters for the goal of the month gong.

It was his brilliantly struck free kick in referee’s optional time when Usuthu beat Bloemfontein Celtic, which was voted the best of the 10 nominated goals.

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