Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano and KCB forward Derrick Otanga had been awarded as the Football Kenya Federation Premier League coach and player of the month of June, following their pleasing performances.
Tusker’s Matano became named coach of the month after beating KCB’s Zedekiah Otieno and instantaneous inclined Nairobi Metropolis Stars coach Sanjin Alagic. He guided the club to earn three out of the four matches conducted in the month and in the technique saw off rivals from KCB to stable a slot in subsequent season’s CAF Champions League.
“I am basically overjoyed to receive this award. It has been a lengthy time coming and I am overjoyed it’s right here. Nonetheless right here is the work of the gamers, the technical bench and likewise the administration. We maintain got labored collectively, with aesthetic give a salvage to from all people to earn out what we now maintain got carried out,” acknowledged the coach.
He added; “We maintain got conducted properly despite some challenges with about a results, nonetheless we can maintain combating till the end of the season.”
Tusker began the month with a 1-0 loss to Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Grounds, nonetheless they then recovered to beat Kariobangi Sharks 1-0 at Utalii Grounds earlier than downing Western Stima 2-1 at Ruaraka.
Their closing and most necessary recreation of the month resulted in a 4-1 thumping of Ulinzi Stars at ASK Grounds in Nakuru, a earn that helped them qualify for CAF Champions League.
The feeble coach turns into the sixth winner of the award this season after Francis Kimanzi, Andre Casa Mbungo, Stanley Okumbi, and Vaz Pinto who had been awarded in December, January, February, March, and Can also respectively.
In the period in-between, Otanga’s two goals and one relief in the month of June propelled him to have the accolade that comes with a Sh50,000 reward, aesthetic love the coach’s trophy. Otanga became instrumental in KCB’s unbeaten plug in June the save the Bankers won three and drew one of their four league games.
At some level of the month, KCB picked a entire of ten aspects from a seemingly twelve with Otanga completely earning his facet six by scoring two winning goals. He opened the month with the lone purpose in the 1-0 earn over Bidco United at Thika Stadium on June 16 and three days later he scored as KCB registered one other 1-0 earn over Mathare United at Ruaraka Grounds.
The inclined Wazito and Sony Sugar man’s aesthetic plug with the Zedekiah Otieno led group saw him beat two of his teammates; Nashon Alembi and Joseph Okoth to the award; the pair came in 2d and third respectively. The diversified nominee became in-plan Gor Mahia keeper Gad Mathews.
“I basically basically feel overjoyed. Continuously as a player when you happen to accumulate an award, you are continually motivated and it’s the identical for me. I commit this to my teammates on legend of had been it not for them I wouldn’t maintain won. We maintain got labored so properly as a gaggle and we all deserve this,” he acknowledged.
“My target this season became to realize 10 goals and I even maintain already surpassed it so no matter now remains will aesthetic be a bonus, so no stress for me,” Otanga, who scored twice towards Western Stima over the weekend acknowledged.
The striker turns into the sixth recipient of the award after Elvis Rupia, Henry Meja, William Wadri, Kelvin Opiyo, and David Odhiambo who had been feted in December, January, February, March, and Can also respectively.
He has acknowledged the group will fight enamel and nail to have particular they clinch the title with destiny squarely in their very have hands with four rounds of matches left earlier than the season ends.