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Gor Mahia assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno rubbishes 'ridiculous' KPL awards

16:52 GMT+4 26/10/2018
Gor Mahia technical bench Zedekiah Otieno and Willice Ochieng.
The Kenyan champions only walked home with two awards - the Fair Play team of the year and coach of the year

Gor Mahia assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno has termed as ‘ridiculous’ the 2018 Kenyan Premier League awards held on Thursday.

The Kenyan champions only walked home with two awards - the Fair Play team of the year and coach of the year - won by head coach Dylan Kerr.

The night was dominated by Kariobangi Sharks, who won three top awards - Most Valuable Player, Golden Boot and the Young Player of the year - all scooped by Erick Kapaito.

Sharks, who finished a distant sixth, also took the first runners-up (Fairplay team of the year) and second runners up - Team of the year.

Otieno, who is currently in charge of the team’s training ahead of Gor Mahia’s friendly against Everton in November, joined a section of Kenyan fans, who termed the awards as ‘a sham’, claiming that Gor Mahia were ‘robbed’.

“As a team, we didn’t take it well. The gala awards should award performance, and as Gor Mahia, we fought well and the sad thing is that this is the second time this is happening.

“Last season we also won the league with three matches to go but only our team manager was feted. It is not fair. When someone tells you that there is a threshold players have to play more than 24 matches, that is ridiculous.

“Our players have players more than 30 matches. It is only that we were playing continental games and when you play internationally, we represent KPL. So I don’t a reason why somebody can say we didn’t play enough matches.

“People should be awarded based on how he has helped his team and how he played through the season, but I’ve never seen anywhere in the world where people are told that for you to be the best then you have to play a certain number of matches."

Otieno also said that Gor Mahia are still looking to sign more players with the club targeting at least two strikers.

K’Ogalo have signed Shafik Betambuze (Singinda United), Kenneth Muguna (FK Tirana) and Pascal Ogweno from Kariobangi Sharks.