AFC Leopards forward Kepha Aswani has set his focus on delivering on the pitch to help his team as well as bagging more awards after winning the Soka Fans' Player of the Month award for March.
The striker was presented with his award on Tuesday 19 April at the club’s training ground at Marist International College in Karen and speaking during the awarding, he thanked his teammates and the entire playing staff for pushing him to work extra hard both in training and during games.
“I feel good winning such an award. I will work for more awards and on this, I wish to thank my teammates, coaches and fans who have been pushing me to perform. My family as well has played a crucial role for they keep encouraging me to concentrate well on developing my game.
“My teammates have been of great contribution, they always push me in training and during games to score goals. All balls are ever directed at me on the pitch and I must reward them by scoring goals. I really thank them for this award” noted Aswani.
Aswani has so far scored five goals in the season and Head Coach Ivan Minnaert definitely has a gem in the striker, and he spoke highly of him after their one-all draw with Ushuru FC on Sunday 17 April.
“Kepha is a hard worker. He runs the entire 90 minutes and his contribution is ever evident by scoring key goals for the team,” the Belgian noted of the 28-year-old.
The lanky forward beat four other nominees to bag the award, getting the most votes cast in a ten – day period on a poll run on Soka. Pitted against the other top performers in March – Mike Khamati, Oscar Mbugua, Shariff Mohamed and Robert Mboya, the former Thika United man got 56.94% of the votes to emerge tops.
Tusker forward, Khamati was second with 16.47% while Mbugua, the City Stars skipper had 11.57% of the votes. Bandari FC’s Shariff Mohamed managed 8.66% of the votes to come fourth while Mathare United keeper Mboya got 6.36% of the votes, and finished fifth.
Kshs. 10 000
For the win, Aswani pocketed Kshs. 10,000 cash reward and a personalized trophy courtesy of Soka. He is the second winner in 2016, after Ulinzi Stars keeper James Saruni bagged the February award.