The month of March saw a lot of eye catching action in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) despite the two week break to give time for the National team duties; the list of nominees for the March Soka Fans’ Player of the Month award is out and here we sample a pick of the players who stood out.
Shariff Mohammed (Bandari FC)
Shariff has a new found central defence partner in Felly Mulumba and the two have been outstanding together so far in the season. Picking Sharrif over Felly was not an easy one but Shariff got the nod for his calmness when under pressure as witnessed in the month.
The Dockers may have not achieved what really matches their profile in the month but the defender has been a gem in the team and a key reason as to why the team registered two clean sheets in three matches in the month.
Mike Khamati (Tusker FC)
Khamati did not have the best of times at the tail end of his time with AFC Leopards and his move to Tusker at the start of the season was basically a trial to rediscover his form.
He has lived to the billing and the month of March was a good one for the burly striker. Just as Wycliffe Ochomo of Muhoroni Youth, Khamati had two goals in the month of March. His selection comes in the fact that he managed the fewest minutes compared to the Muhoroni forward but still managed to do his business well.
Robert Mboya (Mathare United)
Mboya’s growth in stature under new coach Francis Kimanzi has been notable in the season so far. The youthful keeper has been in the post for all the team’s matches in the season and has proven his mettle.
Though the month of Match did not end too well for him, he still managed to do enough to warrant a place among the nominees.
Mboya managed two clean sheets in three matches in the month and was key in ensuring his team stays within touching distance of the leading pack. He makes it to the list as the only goalkeeper.
Oscar Mbugua (City Stars)
Nairobi City Stars started the season with a vigor the team is not so known for going by their record in the past five or so season. One issue that the team’s coach Bobby Ogolla stated consistently as they laboured for a first win of the season was that they are playing well only that luck hadn’t smiled at them.
A key architect in the good play Ogolla spoke of was one Oscar Mbugua, the team’s talismanic skipper.
Mbugua was in the month the maestro in the midfield, the fulcrum that the team balanced on with a good tinge of attacking and defensive displays that made him a marked man.
Deployed as one of two central midfielders, Mbugua managed to trouble opponents with his forays forward and playing in the three matches in the month, got the second goal in the game that brought to an end Mathare United’s unbeaten start to the season.
Kepha Aswani (AFC Leopards)
Aswani has struggled to replicate his form that saw him stand out as Thika United’s best player a few years back but the 2016 season seems to be his big chance to show his true mettle.
The striker has been entrusted with the lead role in the team’s attack and he has not disappointed so far. When he doesn’t score, he plays a pivotal role in setting through his team mates and in the month of March, he proved to be an important cog of the Leopards engine.
He scored two goals in four matches in the month and takes up the final slot among the nominees.
For a player among the nominees to win, he will need your vote on the Soka Player of the Month Poll that will run until Thursday 14th April afternoon.
The winner gets a cash reward of Kshs 10,000 and a personalized trophy at the end of the voting period.