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WELL DONE FADLU, says Farook Kadodia
8 May 2017

Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids has been named Coach of the Month of April by the Premier Soccer League today.


This is the second time in the history of the Team of Choice that its head coach has received this recognition. The first time it was Ian Palmer in season 2012/13.


Since Fadlu took over the reins at the club after the departure of firstly Ernst Middendorp and later Roger De Sa, he has steadied the ship and is on track to achieve the target set at the beginning of the season to finish in the top eight.


In eleven games in charge, he has won six, drawn three and lost two. The coach was very humble and generous in accepting the award saying "It has always been a team effort. I could not have done it on my own."


Maritzburg United Chairman Farook Kadodia was full of praise for his young Coach, "It's a wonderful achievement for the Coach. I am inspired by the recognition. He is hard working and very committed to his work, and you can see that in his approach at training. I am excited that he has been rewarded timeously. Well done Fadlu!"

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Davids, Onyango share the stage to win monthly Absa Premiership awards

Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids and Dennis Onyango, the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper have been named the Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the Month for April.


Davids, who is now in his third stint as interim coach for the coastal club, led his side to three victories from four matches during April, which saw him win his maiden Coach of the Month award.


The 35-year coach started April by guiding the ‘Team of Choice’ to a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town, before securing a 3-1 victory over Baroka FC and completed a good month for the club with an impressive 3-2 victory in Port Elizabeth, away to Chippa United. Maritzburg scored eight goals in their four matches played in April.


Davids got the nod from the judges for his tactical acumen in the manner in which he managed to get his side to play exciting football and earn good results with a team that doesn’t possess the same quality and big name players as some of the big teams campaigning in the Absa Premiership. He was also commended in turning their home ground, the Harry Gwala stadium, into a fortress for Maritzburg.


Cape Town-born Davids won the coach of the month award ahead of Bidvest Wits’ Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane from Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town City’s Eric Tinkler and Steve Komphela, the Kaizer Chiefs coach.


The Players and Coach of the Month were selected by a panel of judges made up of members of the media and football analysts and was convened by Farouk Khan.


As proud sponsors of the Absa Premiership, Absa congratulates Davids and Onyango on winning their respective accolades for April.





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