Kapaito emerges KPL best for 2018
Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito has been named the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Player of the Year in an awards ceremony held on Thursday night at the Kenya School of Government, in Lower Kabete.
Kapaito, who also won the Golden Boot award by netting 16 goals and helping his club to their maiden Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield title was the man of the day, taking home the New Player of the Year Award too.
Cliff Nyakeya of Mathare United scooped the Midfielder of the Year award, while Bandari’s Felly Mulumba was honored as the Defender of the Year.
His teammate Faruk Shikhalo is now the Goalkeeper of the Year award, notably outclassing Harambee Stars first choice Patrick Matasi who came in second.
Dylan Kerr was has been awarded the Coach of the Year for guiding K’Ogalo to their 17th title, with six matches to spare.
Gor lost only four games the in whole 2018, all loses coming in the tail end when they had already won the league, thus beating Ulinzi’s Dunstan Nyaudo and Sofapaka’s John Baraza in second and third places respectively.
KPL safety and Security boss GMT Otieno meanwhile received the Chairman’s Award, as Mathare United’s Vincent Okello won the Team Manager of the Year.
Full list of winners
Most Valuable Player
Coach of the year
1.Dylan Kerr (Gor Mahia)
2.Dunstan Nyaudo (Ulinzi Stars)
3.John Baraza (Sofapaka)
Goalkeeper of the year
Faruk Shikhalo (Bandari FC)
2.Patrick Matasi (Tusker FC)
3.Kevin Omondi (Sony Sugar)
Defender of the year
1.Felly Mulumba (Bandari)
2.Titus Achesa (Posta Rangers)
3.Oliver Rutto (Ulinzi Stars)
Midfielder of the year
1.Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare
2.Elvis Nandwa (Ulinzi Stars)
New player of the year
1.Eric Kapaito (Kariobangi Sharks)
2.Marvin Nabwire (AFC Leopards)
3.Piston Mutamba (Sofapaka FC)
Most improved assistant referee
Most improved centre referee
Team Manager of the year
1.Vincent Okello (Mathare United)
2.Christopher Ouma (Ulinzi Stars)
3.Lazarus Yogo (Zoo Kericho)
Fair play club of the year
Fair play player of the year
Report by Moses Ngige and Jeremiah Lechipai
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