After a week of commiseration, Kenyan Premier League outfit Zoo FC had a consolation token when diminutive midfielder Michael Madoya was crowned the June/July Player of the Month.
The top flight debutants are reeling from their suspension from the KPL following a court order issued on Thursday 21 September and upon winning his first individual award, the midfielder who has scored seven goals so far, hopes to see more favor with his team reinstated.
"I have played for a very long time but this is the first award I'm getting. It comes at a time when things are not good for the club and I hope it's the beginning of better tidings for Zoo," the 26 year-old said.
To clinch the award, Madoya polled 27 as voted by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK), followed by Sofapaka’s Ezekiel Okare who garnered 25 while his Zoo FC team mate Nicholas Kipkirui and John Mwita of Chemelil Sugar polled 14.
Club chairman Ken Ochieng is planning to stop the league through the courts in a bid to get the issue resolved. Zoo had played 25 rounds up until the high court instructed the league to revert to 16 teams.
"It is not fair at all for the players who have worked hard to get the team promoted and through the premier league rounds. We don't know where we are supposed to play because the high court didn't say where we are going. Nonetheless, we will try to get redress so that we be allowed to finish our debut season." Ochieng said
"We did not commit any mistakes and the federation and league body should address this issue so that the players don't suffer." he added
Zoo and Nakumatt were struck off the league on Monday when KPL issued updated standings without them.