Stephen Waruru (l) celebrates his equalizer against Gor Mahia with teammate Omar Mbongi on Sunday 2 July 2017 at Moi Stadium, Kisumu
Award winning Waruru credits teamwork for club recognition
By Peter Wainaina | Thu 06 Jul, 2017 17:26

It has been quite a sensational season so far for one Stephen Waruru; the Ulinzi Stars striker is on a good run of form and his efforts haven't gone unnoticed, this after bagging his second award in as many weeks, when honored on Wednesday 5 July by his club, as the team's Player of the Month for May and June and he has termed it a result of team work rather than individual effort.

The club award came on the back of being named the April SJAK Player of the Month, which was handed to him on Thursday 22 June and is a perfect reward for the striker who has faced a lot of criticism, apparently for provocative celebration after scoring twice to snatch a point in Ulinzi's game against Gor Mahia in the 15th round of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

Team work

“It is such a great honor to be recognized especially in a team that has very good players like Ulinzi. I can say I have been scoring the goals because of very good team work and I want to thank my fellow players,” Waruru told the club's official portal.

“I am very pleased and this will now spur me to work harder and score more goals. This season as a team we have to do something and everyone is working hard for that. It is not easy but we are ready to battle,” he added.

Conjoined Award

The award came conjoined since the team played just one league match in June and the man leading the scorers' charts so far with 10 goals received commendation from the club management too.

“We congratulate Waruru for having played a key role in the team over this season and that is why we have rewarded him. As a club we are sure there is more to come from him and we believe in his abilities,” Ulinzi Stars Chief Executive Officer Captain Godwin Baraza is quoted in the clubs official website.

Waruru has literally taken over from where John Mark Makwatta, last season's top scorer, left. His great form has seen him earn a return to the national team fold and he was included in coach Stanley Okumbi's team that lost 1-2 away to Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

Peter Wainaina
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