Spot-on Oktay wins February gong for stellar run


Spot-on Oktay wins February gong for stellar run

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia coach Hasan Oktay has been named the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya(SJAK) Coach of the month for February.
  • In a vote undertaken by SJAK'S Football Committee, the Cypriot garnered 12 points to beat Bandari tactician Bernard Mwalala who came second with 8 points. Mwalala who was voted the second best tactician in January had guided Bandari to four wins and a draw in the month.

Gor Mahia coach Hasan Oktay has been named the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya(SJAK) Coach of the month for February.

In a vote undertaken by SJAK’S Football Committee, the Cypriot garnered 12 points to beat Bandari tactician Bernard Mwalala who came second with 8 points. Mwalala who was voted the second best tactician in January had guided Bandari to four wins and a draw in the month.

Despite being entangled in two tough CAF Confederations group stage matches in the month, Oktay guided the reigning champions to scoop four wins and a draw from the five Kenyan Premier League matches played where they conceded just a goal, beginning the fine run with a slim 1-0 win away to Vihiga United before silencing their traditional rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in their subsequent match at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani.

Gor Mahia FC Head Coach Hassan Octay instructs his charges during his first training session with the Kenyan Premier League champions at Camp Toyoyo stadium Jericho in Nairobi on December 07, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha
Gor Mahia FC Head Coach Hassan Octay instructs his charges during his first training session with the Kenyan Premier League champions at Camp Toyoyo stadium Jericho in Nairobi on December 07, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

The 17-time Kenyan champions also saw off a on-form Sofapaka 1-0 in their third match at Afraha Stadium but were held to a one-all-draw by Western Stima in their fourth encounter at Kasarani, before defying a numerical disadvantage to edge Tusker 1-0 at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos in the final match of the month.

Oktay becomes the third recipient of the  award in the ongoing  2018-2019 season after Western Stima’s Paul Ogai and Mathare United’s Francis Kimanzi feted in December and January respectively .

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