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Ex-Kenyan international hit out at KPL after shambolic awards

12:45 GMT+3 13/01/2018
Gor Mahia midfielder Meddie Kagere with MVP trophy.
In 2016, no single Tusker FC player won any major award despite winning both the league and the GOtv Shield

Kenyan Premier League, organizers of KPL Awards have been criticized for the list of winners released on Friday night.

Zoo Kericho midfielder Michael Madoya was crowned the overall winner (MVP) besides lifting three other individual awards - Midfielder of the year, Fairplay player of the year and New player of the year.

Madoya’s win, though, added another leaf on his football CV, did not go down well with a section of stakeholders, who are of the opinion that more deserving individuals were robbed of victories.

On a night of pregnant expectations, champions Gor Mahia did not produce even a single winner as Madoya, whose side finished a distant 12th last season, reigned supreme.

Another surprise winner is Mathare United defender George Owino whose side secured their stay at the top tier on the last day of the league after a season of struggle.

Former Kenyan international Boniface Ambani believes that the 18 KPL coaches and captains, who picked the winners got it wrong once again.

“I still believe that Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia), one of the most consistent players in the recent history should have walked home with the top award. Or because he’s a foreigner? Give Caesar what belongs to him.”

The Rwandan international guided K’Ogalo to the unprecedented 16th league title with five games to spare besides scoring 13 league goals for the champions last campaign.

“So foreigners should never win anything? I thought the awards were meant for KPL players regardless of which country they come from,” added Ambani.

John Saina added: "Am not a Gor Mahia fan but I think the team deserved something. You cannot win the league if you didn't have something special or outstanding players. This is a mockery of players."

This is not the first time that a league winner have found themselves walking home empty-handed after a chilling Gala night. 

In 2016, no single Tusker player won any major award despite the Brewers lifting both the league and the GOtv Shield.