Cynthia Akinyi has been crowned as January’s sports personality.
Akinyi who plays hockey for Telkom Kenya was feted with a 42 inch Startimes Television set worth Ksh. 100,000.
The Telkom Kenya stopper conceded the least number of goals in a stellar 2017 season that culminated in the team emerging as the first runners-up in the Africa Hockey Club Championships held in Accra, Ghana.
An elated Akinyi said that this year she has sight set on winning the annual competition which will be held in Nigeria. She further said that:
“I am so happy for being identified as a player, it was team effort. This year I am planning on winning everything without conceding a single goal.”
Jos Openda, Akinyi’s coach, said that it was a great honor for his player to be spotted.
The monthly sports personality award is a project of the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya which seeks to award best sports performers.
He said that the reward would boost the team’s morale. He however said that more sponsors need to come on board so that the whole team can be rewarded, since hockey is a team sport.
Chris Mbaisi, the SJAK president, echoed Openda’s sentiments. He said that SJAK is doing all that it can to boost players’ morale with the money they get from corporate sponsorships. He called on more sponsors to come on board, so that sports can grow in Kenya.
“We don’t mind more sponsors, infact the more we have, the better. This is all for the betterment of sports.” Mbaisi urged.
His plea came just a day after the signing of a multi-million shilling deal, with a leading electronics manufacturer.