New ‘King’ Madoya scoops four accolades at the KPL gala
Little known Zoo Kericho midfielder Michael Madoya shone the most at the 2017 season Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Gala Awards, scooping the Most Valuable Player (MVP), the Midfielder of the Year, the Fairplay Player of the Year and the New Player of the Year accolades on Friday night.
To the surprise of many, Madoya, whose debut season with Zoo was tumultuous at a point the club being stopped through a court order from participating in the topflight, bore him all the glory past well established ‘stars’ from big clubs.
Not even the new KPL MVP expected the multiple awards, acknowledging he was surprised too.
“I do not doubt my capability, but I did not expect all this. Glory to God, and a big thank you to my teammates, coach, fans and the entire Zoo family for the support,” a jubilant Madoya said.
Madoya, whose total prize money from the four awards was Ksh. 1.7 million, beat Nzoia Sugar’s Lawrence Juma and former Tusker FC’s Humphrey Mieno to the midfielder of the year award in that sequence, while Gor’s Meddie Kagere and Chemelil Sugar’s John Mwita played second and third to him in the Fairplay Player of the Year.
Harambee Stars and Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was the only man who retained his 2016 award, beating Kariobangi Sharks’ John Oyemba and Kakamega Homeboyz shot-stopper David Juma to the Golden Glove (Goalkeeper of the Year). He was pivotal in guiding Posta Rangers to finish fourth on the KPL log.
Mathare United’s centre-back George ‘Wise’ Owino took home the Defender of the Year Award, ahead of Rangers long-serving defender Joakins Atudo and Nakumatt FC’s Nicholas Meja in second and third places respectively.
Former Kariobangi Sharks striker Masoud Juma (now of South Africa’s Cape Town City FC) won the Golden Boot Award after netting 17 goals in the season. Kagere came in second, while the third spot was shared between his teammate Jacques Tuyisenge, former Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru and Sofapaka’s Kepha Aswani, who featured for Nakumatt FC last season.
William Muluya, who guided Sharks to a third-place finish in their debut season in KPL won the Coach of the Year Award, while Jolawi Obondo (Gor Mahia) carried home the Team Manager of the Year gong. Muluya, a former Mathare United Team Manager, was voted best ahead of Ugandan Sam Ssimbwa of Sofapaka FC and Homeboyz’s Mike Mururi in that order.
For the TM category, Evans Kadenge of Nzoia and Christopher Ouma of Ulinzi settled for second and third places.
The Chairman’s Lifetime Award went to Frank Okoth, as Sofapaka won the Fairplay Club of the Year Award ahead of Western Stima and Nzoia.
Referee of the Year Award went to Badr Yassin who beat veterans Davies Omweno and Anthony Ogwayo, while that of Assistant Referee of the Year went to Aden Marwa. Gilbert Cheruiyot and Carolyne Kiles followed in second and third positions.
Most Valuable Player -Michael Madoya
Goalkeeper of the Year – Patrick Matasi
Defender of the Year – George Owino
Midfielder of the Year – Michael Madoya
Golden Boot – Masoud Juma
Fair Player of the Year – Michael Madoya
New Player of the Year– Michael Madoya
Coach of the Year – William Muluya
Team Manager of the Year – Jolawi Obondo
Lifetime Chairman’s Award – Frank Okoth
Fairplay Club of the Year -Sofapaka