For the second season running, Gor Mahia’s dependable defender David Owino “Calabar” retained the defensive player of the year award he won in 2013. A just reward for a player who has been consistent for the past two years.
Dan Sserunkuma was award the golden boot award. However it is not clear why other players were even nominated given that Sserunkuma was clearly the top scorer.
Midfielder Geoffrey Kizito who has been solid and dynamic throughout was somehow beaten by Anthony Ndolo of Sofapaka in both the player of the year and the midfielder of the year awards. It is not clear why Sserunkuma was not nominated for this award.
Allegations of cheating
A report by the Standard indicates that there was widespread bribery and side deals conducted by the coaches who were assigned to do the voting.
“It is unfortunate that, as coaches, we showed open bias yet we are the technical people entrusted with this important exercise to reward deserving players,” said a source.
“A section of coaches want a thorough investigation launched into a clandestine meeting some coaches reportedly held to discuss how they would vote,” the source said. Disquiet has been building up over the years, especially that KPL Foya winners, except with Sserunkuma in 2012, have failed to replicate their talent in subsequent seasons.
Apparently some of the coaches approached the nominees and demanded a slice of the prize money in return for votes. Winners in each category are given KES 100,000 with runners up getting KES 75,000.
KPL 2014 awards winners
Best Player of the Year – Antony Ndolo (Sofapaka); 1st Runner up – Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia); 2nd Runner up – Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars)
Coach of the Year – Mike Muiruri (Chemelil Sugar); 1st Runner up – Sam Timbe (Sofapaka); 2nd Runner up – Robert Matano (Ulinzi Stars)
Golden Boot – Dan Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia); 1st Runner up – Enock Agwanda (Sofapaka), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars); 2nd Runner up – Michael Olunga (Thika United), Jesse Were (Tusker)
Goalkeeper of the Year – Jairus Adira (Chemelil Sugar); 1st Runner up – Robert Mboya (Mathare United); 2nd Runner up – Fredrick Onyango (Gor Mahia)
Defender of the Year – David Owino (Gor Mahia); 1st Runner up – Charles Odette (Sony Sugar); 2nd Runner up – Felly Mulumba
Midfielder of the Year – Antony Ndolo (Sofapaka); 1st Runner up – Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia); 2nd Runner up – Brian Osumba (Tusker)
Fair Play Player of the Year – Hamisi Mwinyi (Chemelil Sugar); 1st runner up – John Njoroge (Sofapaka); 2nd Runner up – Barrack Odhiambo (KRA)
New Young Player of the Year – Kennedy Owino (Nakuru All Stars); 1st Runner up – Kevin Omondi (City Stars); 2nd Runner up – Nicholas Kamau (City Stars)
Fair Play Team of the Year – Muhoroni Youth; 1st runner up – Gor Mahia; 2nd Runner up – Nakuru All Stars
Most Improved Centre Referee of the Year – Peter Waweru; 1st Runner up – Anthony Ogwayo; 2nd Runner up – Moses Osano
Most Improved Assistant Referee of the Year – Stephen Oduor; 1st Runner up – Dorcas Wanza; 2nd Runner up – Oliver Odhiambo
Team Manager of the Year – William Muluhya (Mathare United); 1st Runner up – Amenipa Bigisho (Sofapaka); 2nd Runner up – George Maina (Thika United)
Chairman’s Award – Ronald Ngala