Coach Steve Polack has earned a well deserved accolade forllowing a series of excellent results.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia tactician Steven Polack has scooped the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for October following a pulsating run of victories that kept the defending champions atop the league summit.
The Brit guided K’Ogalo to three victories in three matches, trouncing Nzoia Sugar 2-0, before narrowly dispatching struggling Zoo and Kariobangi Sharks each by a solitary goal.
During an award ceremony at the team’s training ground on Thursday in Nairobi, the tactician received a personalized plaque and Sh75000 courtesy of the insurer and follows in the footsteps of the last four Gor Mahia coaches who have landed the gong since its inception.
“I’m humbled to receive a personal award for the team’s performance in October. I have to thank them for putting in hard work because I would not have got it. It is encouraging during such tough times to be awarded,” he said
Polack was shoulders above other coaches in the running for the October award with his 100 percent record that earned his team nine points.
He was trailed by KCB coach Zedekiah Otieno who earned the bankers seven points from two victories and a draw.
Wellington Ochieng is back
Full back Wellington Ochieng who has missed several matches due to injury will be available for selection when Gor Mahia take on Ulinzi this weekend.
[Ochieng] is fit to return and I expect him to train with us on Wednesday same as [Muguna] who seems to have recovered from the injury which kept him out of the Bandari match,” Polack told goal.com on Wednesday.
“Apart from the two, only keeper Patrick Odhiambo is still out. He is struggling with a shoulder injury and is still far away from making a comeback. We also have keeper David [Mapigano] back after missing the matches against Kakamega Homeboyz and Bandari.
Also returning is goalkeeper Robert Mapigano who will now face intense competition from the on-form Boniface Oluoch.
“Remember [Mapigano] arrived late from Tanzania where he was with the national team for Afcon duty and Boniface [Oluoch] did very well during his absence. I will look at them in training again before I make the decision on who will start against Ulinzi Stars.”