Chetambe: Winning the award a motivation to perform even better
Bandari midfielder Danson Chetambe Namasaka believes bagging the SJAK player of the month award for the month of May and June will motivate him in the build up to the CAF Confederations and League title.
Namasaka says that winning the gong has ignited more fire in his belly, and he will bid to help his side, twice runners up in the KPL in the last two seasons, to bag a silverware.
Namasaka was speaking at Mbaraki Sports Club after he received a 42-inch television from the electronics company LG and a trophy, courtesy of the league sponsors.
Danson played a key role to help Zoo Kericho escape the axe in what would be his last season with the club before switching allegiance to the Bernard Mwalala coached side.
“I am so pleased to win this award. It was a tough month because we were fighting relegation, I am honoured that my effort has been recognized today though not with Zoo but now at Bandari,” Chetambe said after receiving the award on Monday after the team’s morning session at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa.
“I hope to carry on the good performance with Bandari and help the team win titles this season. It is going to be a tough season since we have the CAF Confederation Cup, the league, Super Cup and also defending the Shield. So far I enjoy my stay in Bandari and I promise our fans good results.” he added.
Chetambe sparkling form saw him play an integral role as Zoo saw off Ulinzi Stars and Western Stima in similar 2-1 win scoreline before humbling Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2.
The club labored for a barren draw with Sony FC and gathered more points from a one all draw against AFC Leopards and two all stalemates against former champions Tusker and the then league returnees KCB.
Their quest to remain in the elite league during the month was slowed by a 3-1 and 3-0 losses to Mathare United and league runner up Bandari.
Coming up against players who had equally impressed during the month, Chetambe garnered 19 votes in a poll conducted by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) two ahead of Tusker winger Boniface Muchiri who emerged second.
Fast rising Tusker striker David Majak and Ulinzi Stars hitman Enosh Ochieng finished third and fourth with 15 and nine points respectively.
Chetambe’s goal scoring instincts paid dividends as Bandari beat a number of interested outfits to his signature and consequently made his debut in the recently concluded CECAFA Kagame Cup in Rwanda.
Chetambe becomes the sixth recipient of the award this season after Kakamega Homeboyz midfielder Peter Thiong’o, Abdalla Hassan (Bandari),Justin Ndikumana(Sofapaka) and former Sofapaka goal poacher Umaru Kasumba who won it twice.