NAIROBI, Kenya- Kakamega Homeboyz FC forward Jeremiah Wanjala pledged he will remain at the club next season after being recognised as the September SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Month winner on Tuesday.
Wanjala received KSh100,000, a 49-inch LG Smart TV and a trophy courtesy of the partnership between LG Electronics, leading bookmakers; SportPesa and SJAK to reward the best player in the domestic top flight on a rotational monthly basis.
“I’m very pleased to receive this award and I know despite my hard-work, it is God who has favoured me and I’m very grateful.
“The award will not make me any less vigilant in my efforts as a player, it will act as a motivation for my teammates and I to continue to do the best that we can,” Wanjala told SportPesa News at the Bukhungu Stadium.
Homeboyz went unbeaten in September, registering important wins against Sofapaka FC and Sony Sugar FC. Back to back barren draws against GOtv Shield Champions AFC Leopards SC and Western Stima FC ensured the Mike Muiruri-coached scooped eight out of 12 points.
“It was just our efforts and determination as a team that helped us achieve these results and we will only get better as we aim to prove that we can also contest for the coveted title.
“Next season, I’m still at Homeboyz and even if I get offers I’m not going anywhere,” Wanjala, who has scored seven times this season, underscored.
He expressed his admiration for the SPL top scorer, Masoud Juma of Kariobangi Sharks FC, stating his efforts this season have been nothing short of fantastic.
“Masoud is very talented. His attitude is admirable and I’m not surprised he is leading the scoring charts,” Wanjala said in paying homage.
The Kakamega-based outfit have had an outstanding season, conceding the second least number of goals the entire campaign (22). Only champions Gor Mahia FC and Posta Rangers FC have soaked in less (20).
“My players have been committed this season and I’m very happy. I’ve brought my philosophy to the team and they have understood it and it contributes to our good performance.
“Every coach has their own philosophy and I have different tactics. I may start low but I end up getting results and that’s why we have conceded the second least goals in the league,” Muiruri said.
Homeboyz travel to play newcomers Nzoia Sugar FC on the last day of the 2017 SPL season with the chance of breaking into the top three to notch their highest ever finish in the top flight.
“We are going to get three points in Nzoia and even though we cannot get to second, we have to finish on a strongly,” he added.
Muiruri, in a show of sportsmanship, acknowledged the 2017 SPL champions and the majestic effort they put in to win the title.
“I want to congratulate Gor on winning the league with games to spare. It’s not an easy thing to do and I offer them my sincerest congratulations,” the former Harambee Stars midfielder added.