Johnson and Tade Scoop Absa Premiership Awards


Cavin Johnson and Emiliano Tade

Cavin Johnson and Emiliano Tade have scooped the ABSA Premiership Coach and Player of the Month Awards for November and December.

Under Johnson, Usuthu have moved off the foot of the table thanks to three victories in a row.

AmaZulu beat Highlands Park and Chippa United on the road last month before returning home to beat the high flying Bloemfontein Celtic in early December.

“For me it is not about winning the award, it is about the work that the players and technical team put in. Behind the scenes there are a lot of people doing great things,” Johnson said.

At the heart of the club’s resurgence has been Tade.

He scored the winner against the Lions of the North, was a key figure against the Chilli Boys and then bagged a brace against Siwelele at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

His partnership with Bongi Ntuli as well Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza has transformed AmaZulu into a potent threat upfront.

“I am very proud to have picked up this award. It means a lot to me. Right now , I just want to keep working hard and enjoying my football,” Tade said.

All attention now shifts to the Durban Derby this weekend, where Usuthu will face Golden Arrows.

Johnson says the club must capitalize on playing at home where Usuthu are undefeated this season.

“We come out and we really play for the badge, we really want to put up a good show for our supporters. The derby means a lot to us and it is important that we maintain focus and end the year on a high,” Johnson said.

Johnson was also full of praise for his counterpart at Arrows, Clinton Larsen.

“Larsen has done a good job, they have had two good results on the road. We have to be careful against Arrows and deal with what they bring to the table,” Johnson added.

The derby takes place on 22 December at 15:30 at the King Zwelithini Stadium.

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