Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in battle for Coach of the Month prize

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The battle for the Coach of the Month for September is essentially a two-horse race between Amakhosi’s Giovanni Solinas and The Buccaneers’ Milutin Sredojevic.

Both Soweto giants featured in three league matches over the course of last month, with Baroka and Free State Stars the only other teams to have participated in more than two. 

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However, the race can be further narrowed down as Chiefs and Pirates were the only unbeaten sides of the four, as they already hold an advantage over the rest of the league.

The Glamour Boys beat Cape Town City, Free State Stars and AmaZulu in September, while The Sea Robbers beat SuperSport United, drew with The Citizens, and defeated Bakgaga.

Based on results alone, Solinas already holds an advantage having collected more points (9) than Sredojevic (7), before delving deeper into statistics makes it clearer who deserves the crown.

Chiefs scored eight goals and conceded only one last month, while Pirates scored seven and conceded four – meaning the Italian is the overwhelming favourite to take over the mantle from predecessor Steve Komphela, who received the gong for August.

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Meanwhile, the battle for the Player of the Month is a lot tighter, with the likes of Khama Billiat, Thembinkosi Lorch and Vincent Pule amongst the favourites.

Billiat was instrumental in Chiefs' three-match winning streak last month, managing two goals and two assists - all of which were split across the three fixtures.

Lorch and Pule both managed similar tallies of two goals and two assists across Pirates' three outings, but their side's failure to beat City means they were less instrumental in influencing the team's positive results compared to Billiat.

Ayanda Patosi also fired home a brace in that 2-2 draw at Orlando Stadium, but he managed one assist in their prior fixture, which happened to be the hefty defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.

The Zimbabwean, therefore, is likely to walk away with the honour for the best player in the month of September.

The official announcement at the PSL headquarters is set for 13h00 on Thursday afternoon.