Siphesihle Ndlovu, Milutin Sredojevic and Tiyani Mabunda (Goal of the Month) pose with their trophies on Monday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, a recipient of the Coach of the Month for January award on Monday afternoon, showered young Siphesihle Ndlovu with praise as he too collected an accolade as the Player of the Month.

Ndlovu, 21, became the first player from Maritzburg United to win an Absa Premiership award, one which was well deserved considering how his career has taken off this season.

“I like to look around the world when I compare our local players to be the best, and Ndlovu reminds me of N’Golo Kante of Chelsea,” said Sredojevic.

“His work-rate, his tackles and everything about him is the same. He is a young player that is improving, and I have always been watching him play since I came back into the country.”    

The Pirates coach received the monthly award for the Buccaneers great start to the second half of the campaign – winning four of their five matches in January, including an emphatic 3-1 victory over log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Ndlovu, on the other hand, has been the mainstay of a United outfit who are growing and improving under coach Fadlu Davids.

“I don’t think I have arrived at my best yet. I can’t say for sure if this is my turning point. We know that we always have to give more than 100 percent, which is not enough,” the teenager said.

“I am being encouraged by my teammates and coach Fadlu, who loves his players and inspired us to start winning again after a bad patch late last year.

“For me, it is important to keep my head on the ground and work even harder. It’s an honour to be the first player from my club to win a monthly award.”


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