After a competitive season full of highs and lows, it was time to reward the efforts both players and their coaches have put throughout the season.
This year’s Kenya Premier League Awards FOYA that took place at Safari Park Hotel yesterday night (21st November) was in hand to reward the best. Gormahia was the biggest winner of the night walking away with Seven Awards in different categories.
Prolific striker Dan Sserunkuma who has been impressive throughout the season both at City Stars and Gormahia, led the from the front as he did not only scoop the overall player of the year award, but also the fair play and Golden Boot second runner up award after scoring 17 goals.
KCB’s Mungai Kiongera was voted the second best player while Mike Barasa came third.
Top 8 and FKF President’s Cup winners Gor Mahia were the major winners as Coach Zdravko Logarusic won the coach of the year award, Teddy Akumu claimed the midfielder of the year award and Ivan Anguyo was crowned the defender of the year.
Though he lost the league title marginally to tusker Logarusic was happy to have won the award though he was disappointed not to win all the three trophies.
Logarusic succeeds former Tusker FC Coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo who bagged the Award at the close of the 2011 season.
Logarusic’s award came accompanied with a Kshs. 100,000 cheque.
The initial contenders for the Awards were; Zdravko Logarusic (Gor Mahia), Jan Koops (AFC Leopards), John Kamau (Thika United) and Stanley Okumbi of Mathare United.
For the second year running, Tusker’s Bonface Oluoch was voted the best goalkeeper with Jerim Onyango coming in second while BenRoberts Mandela was third. The Tusker custodian was very happy to have won the award
Veteran John Baraza picked up his third golden boot award in five years after scoring 18 goals in the past season. He also won the second trophy by claiming the Fairplay Player of the Year award for the season. The veteran striker played 28 matches scoring 18 goals and receiving a single booking.