As the curtain came down on another exciting Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, all eyes now fall on the prestigious end of season awards as individual prizes take centre stage.
While most will be keen on seeing who the PSL Footballer of the Season is, an award which is just as prestigious is the Coach of the Season award.
Often coaches don’t get the recognition they deserve, but the reality is they are the captain of the ship and arguably one of the most important components to a club’s success.
Nonetheless, here are the three coaches nominated for the award.
Forever the bridesmaid, never the bride. That is the tag that Orlando Pirates under Micho will hope to brush off.
Despite an impressive campaign, Bucs were yet again pipped to the post as Mamelodi Sundowns claimed the league title for the second successive season.
Micho though had his side playing a scintillating brand of football which excited fans but their inability to win ‘ugly’ when it counted most counted against them.
Meanwhile, the Serbian enjoyed a 50% win ratio as Pirates registered 15 wins, 12 draws and lost just three games all season.
The 54-year-old mentor’s value continues to rise with every season that passes as he joins an elite few to have won four league titles.
In a season, where Sundowns had to battle the rigours of travel on the continent along with their PSL title charge, Mosimane still managed to get the best out of his troops as they lost just three games all season and won 16 games.
Mosimane also masterminded results when it mattered most, something which his rival Micho was unable to do.
Also, Sundowns’ consistency was something to behold throughout the season, and perhaps even games that they should have lost, they always found that little extra determination to leave with at least a point in the bag.
Lastly, Cape Town City may have failed to really challenge the log leaders, but they undoubtedly had a major say in the outcome of the title race as the Citizens held Pirates to a 2-2 late in the season, denting Bucs’ title ambitions.
McCarthy also bettered last season’s placing by one place as City finished fourth on the table and were perhaps unlucky to miss out on Caf Confederation Cup qualification.
City won 13 games but lost eight matches which severely hampered their title charge.
VERDICT: Pitso deserves PSL Coach of the Season award
To win the PSL title once is a good achievement but to do it twice in a row is a massive achievement.
Mosimane showed that he is able to get the best out of his players and even after the loss of two key players in Khama Billiat and Percy Tau, Sundowns still remained competitive due to the coach's recruitment policies.
While Sundowns pride themselves on ‘Piano and Shoeshine’ football, Mosimane’s ability to devise a plan in order to pick away at opponents’ weaknesses is also something to consider and makes him a master tactician.