Muhoroni Youth forward George Mandela is the SJAK/Sportpesa Player of the month for August.
The 22 year-old triumphed by a unanimous points decision in which he scored 20 to edge out on-form Nairobi City Stars hit man Ebrimah Sanneh and Bandari’s George Abege.
Mandela becomes the sixth recipient of the award after previous winners Ali Abondo, John Makwata, Gabriel Andika, Karim Nizigiyimana and Jesse Were scooped the gong.
For his brilliance in August, Mandela pocketed Sh50, 000 and a 42 inch LG television set. Mandela scored three goals with four assists in the month of August, helping Muhoroni Youth move to position seven in the Sportpesa Premier League table.
In a month where Muhoroni Youth made the greatest surge upwards in the league, Nakuru All Stars’ Patrick Oboya was equally in the race as well as KCB’s goal scoring machine Mungai Kiongera. Mandela however, triumphed courtesy of the importance of his goals and assists to the club.
The jubilant player expressed shock and gratitude for his crowning. He said “I’m happy to receive this award. I did not expect it although I was crossing my fingers hoping I can win and thank God it has come my way. It is the first time in my life that I’m getting such recognition and it will go a long way in complimenting my efforts in future games.”
Muhoroni Youth have not lost in the last eleven games. The club has moved from second last position in June to fourth on the table. Coach Paul Nkata, who handed Mandela a life-line after the players’ career stalled under previous coaches, lauded his efforts saying the player is destined for greater heights.
“I’m not surprised that Mandela is getting this award. He’s been phenomenal for us and he still will play a bigger role for this club. He is still young and in another short while he’ll be at the very top. Maybe he was not a very good player previously but the training and opportunity he got here has helped him grow and develop into who is now.”