Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru has scooped April Player of the Month Award.
The 26 year-old trounced Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi in a run-off vote to become the soldiers second ever recipient of the gong after John Makwatta, who won it in 2015. The striker scored four goals in the mentioned month, and was always the favorite considering his contribution in the Benjamin Nyangweso led team.
After coasting through initial list of nominated players, Waruru slipped into an inseparable shortlist of four that entailed Posta Rangers duo Jockins Atudo and Patrick Matasi and the free scoring AFC Leopards forward Gilbert Fiamenyo. The striker pocketed Sh100, 000 and a 49-inch television set from South Korean manufacturing conglomerate LG Electronics while the rest of Ulinzi Stars platoon share Sh50, 000 separately awarded to teammates of winning players.
Statistics of the quartet in final shortlist failed to produce a clear winner prompting a vote by sports journalists. The initial poll still failed to separate the players as Matasi and Waruru tied on 21 points while Fiamenyo and Atudo fell by the wayside. Waruru then edged Kenya’s reigning goal glove winner by a single vote in the run-off to claim 2017’s second gong.
Nzoia Sugar defender Brian Otieno had scooped the March award.