NAIROBI, Kenya- Michael Madoya of Zoo FC stole the show at the 2017 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) gala awards when he was named the Most Valuable Player besides scooping three other awards on Friday night.
It was a big payday for the Zoo Kericho FC midfielder after walking away with KSh1m for the MVP, Midfielder of the Year (KSh250,000), Fair Play (Ksh200,000) and New Player of the Year (KSh100,000) as he became an instant millionaire at the glittering gala held at a Nairobi hotel.
“I Thank God for the far he has brought us. I want to thank everyone who has made this possible. It has taken hard work and patience to get here. Despite the up and downs at Zoo, including court cases and other problems, I thank the team,” Madoya said after taking the stage to accept the most coveted award.
The young, talented midfielder was recognised for his stellar efforts and it was no surprise he swept the awards.
George Owino of Mathare United FC went up to the stage accompanied by his daughter to receive his award as was recognised as the 2017 SPL Defender of the Year, which came with a KShs 250,000 cash prize.
Kariobangi Sharks FC boss, William Muluya, was named the 2017 SPL Coach of the Year and took home KShs 250,000 for his efforts in guiding his team to a 3rd place finish in their debut season. Mike Muiruri came 2nd and Sofapaka FC coach Sam Ssimbwa completed the list of nominees.
Sharks received another award when Masoud Juma, who recently joined Cape Town City FC, received the Golden Boot Award for scoring 17 goals in the just concluded SPL season for his team.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to the current Chief Operations Officer of the KPL, Frank Okoth, for his massive contribution to Kenyan football over the years.
Sofapaka FC clinched the club Fair Play Award, beating second-place Western Stima FC and newbies Nzoia Sugar FC to the award.
The KPL chairman Dan Aduda had a few words after handing Okoth his award, “I am privileged to be here today so we can honour some of the greats in Kenyan football.
“It has been a great year and I would like to particularly mention the partnership between the Kenyan Premier League and LaLiga last year, this is the beginning of great things for Kenyan football and I am proud to have been a part of it,” he offered.
Also in attendance was leading bookmakers SportPesa Chief Executive Officer, Captain Ronald Karauri, who encouraged the audience and urged Kenyans to continually support the growth and development of sports.
“It’s a very happy day for us as SportPesa. A lot has changed in the few years we have been here and football in Kenya is ever growing.
“The possibility of continuing the partnership with the league hangs in the balance and I feel there is still a chance for us to find an amicable solution,” Karauri stated.
“It has been great working with everyone and it could not have been possible without the close relationship with KPL and FKF, for that I am very grateful.
“The government need to realise they have a role to play because the sports industry and infrastructure in Kenya needs a lot of work and we all have to do our part,” he concluded.