Wanga,Wanja appointed Magharibi Awards Ambassadors

Wanga,Wanja appointed Magharibi Awards Ambassadors

Wanga,Wanja appointed Magharibi Awards Ambassadors

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 Kenya international footballer Allan Wanga and volleyball star Janet Wanja have been appointed as Magharibi Michezo Awards ambassadors. The two are celebrated sports personalities in Kenya with roots in Western Kenya and have contributed immensely to the success of Kenya’s national teams in different fronts.

The Magharibi Michezo Awards (MMA) is the premier sports awards ceremony in Western Kenya geared towards rewarding the achievements of the region’s athletes while celebrating the excellence of Kenya’s sports people as well as encouraging the next crop of sports talent across the spectrum.

The MMA sports gala, first ever to be held in the region, will be held on 20TH December 2013 in Bungoma County and will bring together celebrated sports men and women from the region and senior sports stakeholders drawn from different disciplines across the country.

 Allan Wanga while recognizing the appointment said, “This initiative (MMA) is very motivating to the many sports personalities from the western region not to forget the coaches and many mentors who work tirelessly to ensure Kenya has a continuous feed of new talents each year.” He said.

“I am proud to be associated with the Magharibi Michezo Awards and I look forward to the inaugural awards ceremony in Bungoma because I am sure it will change many lives through motivation and encouragement.” He adds.

 Wanga grew up and studied in Butere before moving to Nairobi to join Tusker FC, his first top premier league club under the then coach Jacob Ghost Mulee. He later moved to Angolan side Atlético Petróleos Luanda and thereafter to Baku and later HAGL in Vietnam. He rejoined AFC Leopards last year and was an influential player towards the team’s 2013 second place finish in the Kenyan Premier League as well the Gotv Cup title triumph.

In the last two weeks, Wanga captained and guided Kenya to her first CECAFA Cup glory in 11 years scoring a brace in the final match against Sudan to cap Kenya’s 50 years celebration with a glorious win at Nyayo stadium.

Janet Wanja on the other hand has been a key pillar to the success of Kenya’s women volleyball team. Wanja started playing volleyball at Mukumu girls’ high school in Western Kenya under coach Peter Liguyani.

While at Mukumu, the flamboyant setter was part of the team that won three national titles, losing once to rivals Lugulu girls high school from Bungoma.

“My career was shaped while at Mukumu girls high school and I want to particularly thank my coach for making me who I am today. During those days we used to be taken through hell in training, I hated it then and also thought the coach passionately hated us because he took us through very harsh training, but right now I understand why it all happened because now I know he had our future in mind.” Wanja said. 

“Through the Magharibi Michezo Awards, I know many coaches in the region who have never been recognized for their contributions towards national sport development will be honored and appreciated. This is a noble initiative that deserves more support and this is why I join in being part of the team.” She adds.

The Inaugural Magharibi Michezo Awards will be held on Friday 20th of December 2013 in Bungoma County.

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