Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria became the first coach in 2017 season to be awarded the coach of the month award. He was the only coach to record two victories during the month. He was awarded Tuesday morning by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and award sponsors Fidelity Insurance. Other candidates were Paul Nkata of Bandari and Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” of Posta Rangers.
This is the second time Ze Maria has won the award. He also won in October 2016. The award comes with a Ksh 75,000 cash prize.
Ze Maria dedicated the award to his players:
“My players know my philosophy: to win every match and for this I dedicate the award to them for the good job they did. In the two games we played in March, they were excellent because we faced tough teams in Sharks and Zoo,” said Ferreira to the Nation.
The Brazilian tactician noted that the club had already won one trophy and is going for three more to make up for 2016 which was a trophyless season for Kogalo.
“I am happy because we are on the right track this year. We have one trophy already, the Super Cup and we want three more. We have good players this season that are going to do a good job for us. It’s a good mixture of the experienced and young players,” he said.
Skipper Musa Mohamed attributed the club’s success to confidence instilled by Ze Maria
You can see we are playing with confidence which he has instilled in us. Every player is confident on the pitch and for sure his presence will be key to achieving our target this year,” said Mohamed to the Nation.