Joash full of praise for Migne after SJAK top award
Gor Mahia defender named the best player of the Kenyan premier league
Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango was full of praise for former Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne after clinching the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Kenyan Premier League Footballer of the Year award on Monday night.
Onyango who also clinched the defender of the year gong beat former teammate Francis Kahata and Ulinzi Stars striker and Golden Boot winner Enosh Ochieng to claim the coveted trophy that came with a Sh1mn prize purse.
“I want to thank coach Migne because he was the one who gave me the confidence to be where I am today. He handed me my first ever national team chance and that has contributed to me getting this award,” Joash said.
The former Western Stima stopper was thrown into the deep end by Migne handing him his national team debut for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana’s Black Stars in Nairobi. Though he was sent off in the second half, Joash was one of the best performers in the game.
He went on to command a regular place in the starting team and only injury ruled him out of playing at the Cup of Nations in Egypt.
“I had always dreamed of being here and I always said one day I have to stand on this podium. I am so happy and I also want to thank my teammates who gave me the support to be here on and off the field,” he added.
Kahata meanwhile received the midfielder of the year award beating Bandari’s Abdallah Hassan and Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya, winner of last year’s accolade. Nyakeya has since moved to Egypt signing for Al Masry.
Kahata has also since moved, joining Tanzanian side Simba and was on target over the weekend as they beat Azam FC to clinch the season-opening Community Shield.
Elsewhere, another player who has since moved to Tanzania, Bandari’s Faruk Shikalo won the golden glove award for a second season running with former Sofapaka man, now with Bandari, Justin Ndikumana coming second and Samuel ‘Abawa’ Odhiambo coming third.
Tusker FC’s David Majak was named the young player of the year while former Gor boss Hassan Oktay was awarded as coach of the year ahead of Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala and Sofapaka’s John Baraza.