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Khanye – Rulani & Manqoba Were Robbed

Junior Khanye has insisted that Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coaches Rulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi were robbed after Benni McCarthy was named DStv Premiership Coach of the Year.

McCarthy won the Coach of the Year gong after leading AmaZulu to a second-place finish and qualification for the CAF Champions League for a first time in the club’s history.

Khanye now addressed the PSL awards in this week’s iDiski Times column, calling it a “scam’ that McCarthy beat the Masandawana duo to the accolade.

“The decision to award Benni McCarthy the coach of the season over Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena is shocking,” he writes in iDiski Times.

“Mamelodi Sundowns won the league with 13 points and they only lost one match in the league this season. 

“Sundowns had their ups and downs, but they won the league convincingly with a lot of matches remaining. It was enough for Benni to be nominated because he did a great job for AmaZulu especially in his first season and qualifying the club to their first ever CAF Champions League. 

“When Benni came in at AmaZulu, the club was closer to the relegation zone and he lifted them to the top of the log. In addition, it is not like AmaZulu did not have players because they do. 

“Luvuyo Memela, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Augustine Mulenga are some of the quality players who have played for top clubs. Makhehlene Makhaula also did really well for them this season. 

“At the club’s awards, AmaZulu should have awarded him for those achievements, but not in the PSL. 

“The Sundowns coaches deserve that award and I don’t care who says what! This was a scam because Benni did not win anything this season, so why would you award him the award? You are rewarding him for doing what exactly?”

You can read Khanye’s full column, where he questions the role of judges at the PSL awards and whether it makes sense to continue with the awards while the standard of the league is poor, in this week’s iDiski Times, edition 24. It’s out in the shops and available for just R3.50!

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David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.