Jolly Omino wins “best” coach award


Elated Western Stima coach Henry Omino after receiving the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month ...
Elated Western Stima coach Henry Omino after receiving the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award in Kisumu on Tuesday. PHOTO/Courtesy

Veteran tactician Henry Omino of Western Stima has  been belatedly crowned Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for June/July.

The 66 year-old wins the gong for an unprecedented third time having scooped it twice in 2016.

“This award is not my own making but the players who put in plenty of hard work to see the club obtain seven points. We were low on the table and things were not working well for us but they kept their discipline and ensured we beat the defending champions Tusker, our regular customers AFC Leopards, and got a draw in Mombasa. The Muhoroni loss was unfortunate but we did well and I dedicate this to the entire team,” Omino said after receiving his award.

Omino who has since been promoted to the role of Technical Director at Western Stima edged Bandari’s Paul Nkata to win the award in a vote taken by football writers.

 Wesley Kemboi (L) and Kennedy Otieno of Western Stima FC celebrate Otieno's goal against AFC Leopards SC during their GOtv Shield tournament match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 27, 2016. Western Stima FC won 3-0. Photo/SPORTPICHA.
Wesley Kemboi (L) and Kennedy Otieno of Western Stima FC celebrate Otieno’s goal against AFC Leopards SC during their GOtv Shield tournament match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 27, 2016. Western Stima FC won 3-0. Photo/SPORTPICHA.

Recipients of the award take home a cash prize of Sh75,000 courtesy Fidelity Insurance in addition to a personalized trophy. Stima are on the wane this season having finished 6th in the league, their highest ever position last year and Omino, now TD, is confident that his recognition can spur a late revival.

The veteran caoch led Stima to a joint highest points haul over the months. Stima beat big- wigs Tusker and AFC Leopards by solitary goals; snatched a point away at Bandari following a scoreless draw with their single loss coming at the hands of struggling Muhoroni Youth.

Omino becomes the third recipient of the award this year and the only tactician to win it more than once since its inception last year.

Posta Rangers’ Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omolo and George ‘Best’ Nsimbe of Tusker won the award in April and May respectively while former Gor Mahia tactician Ze Maria picked the first award in March.

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