At last, Maluleke gets recog­ni­tion

City man, coach take top awards

Sowetan - - Sport - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

It’s been a long time com­ing, and fi­nally Polok­wane City mid­fielder Jab­u­lani Maluleke is a re­cip­i­ent of a PSL award. Yes­ter­day, the 36-year-old, ar­guably one of the most con­sis­tent per­form­ers in the league, was named the Absa Pre­mier­ship Player of the Month for Oc­to­ber. “When I got the call [on Tues­day] I was over­whelmed. I’m very happy,” said Maluleke, who pock­eted R5 000 for his ef­forts.

The Soweto-born mid­fielder got the nod ahead of team­mate Edgar Manaka, Pi­rates winger Vin­cent Pule as well as Bid­vest Wits duo of mid­fielder Tha­bang Monare and striker Si­mon Mur­ray. Maluleke made his PSL de­but back in the 2002/2003 sea­son while in the books of Dynamos and has since played for Black Leop­ards, Su­per­Sport and now City. He’s kept a low pro­file and it wasn’t even known un­til re­cently that Bucs were court­ing him be­fore the start of this sea­son. Maluleke, how­ever, opted to re­main loyal to City, whom he’s been part of since 2014. “I did get an of­fer from Pi­rates but I think it goes with loy­alty [to Polok­wane City].” Maluleke still has two years on his City con­tract and is not even think­ing about re­tire­ment at this stage.

City beat Kaizer Chiefs and Mar­itzburg, both by a 1-0 score­line, last month, as well as play­ing to a 1-1 draw against Su­per­Sport, with Maluleke play­ing a key role.

Rise and Shine men­tor Josef Vuku­sic took home the Coach of the Month ac­co­lade to com­plete a clean sweep for the Lim­popo side. Vuku­sic also re­ceived R5 000.

In his first sea­son, Vuku­sic said his pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence as NFD side FC Cape Town coach be­tween 2010 and 2012 has stood him in good stead. “I had some ex­pe­ri­ence with the men­tal­ity of African play­ers and now I can say ex­actly that I know the PSL,” said the 54-year-old men­tor.

I did get an of­fer from Or­lando Pi­rates

/ VELI NHLAPO

Polok­wane City’s Jabu Maluleke and coach Josef Vuku­sic took top PSL ac­co­lades for the month of Oc­to­ber.

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