Gor Mahia's Polack beats trio to bag October's Coach of the Month award

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Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack.
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The tactician took home the trophy after leading K'Ogalo to three wins across the month despite biting financial challenges

Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack has won the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya October Coach of the Month award.

Polack bagged the trophy after leading the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) reigning champions to three wins in three matches during the month.

On October 2, Gor Mahia defeated Nzoia Sugar 2-0 at Mumias Sports Complex before downing Zoo FC 1-0 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru four days later.

They concluded October's assignments with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Kariobangi Sharks in Nakuru too.

Polack saw off Zedekiah Otieno of KCB who got seven votes, Posta Rangers' Sammy Omollo and Nicholas Muyoti of Kakamega Homeboyz with six votes each to win the trophy.

“I’m humbled to receive a personal award for the team’s performances in October. I have to thank the players for putting in hard work because I would not have got it. It is encouraging during such tough times to be awarded,” Polack told the club's website during the awards presentation ceremony at Camp Toyoyo.

“I have to also thank the coaching staff for a good job they are doing.”

Fidelity Insurance, who are the sponsors of the award and through their marketing manager Nicholas Malesi, praised Gor Mahia for their run despite the numerous challenges.

“It is a wonder that despite off-field issues you have continued to achieve great results on the pitch. It is our prayer that you emerge from this stronger and continue with a good job,” Malesi said.

Gor Mahia have lost just one match this season and this came when they were beaten 1-0 by Mathare United at Kenyatta Stadium on October 6.

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After the loss to The Slum Boys, they have gone on to post victories against AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz and Bandari. 

K'Ogalo sit pretty at the top of the KPL table with 24 points above second-placed Tusker who have 18 points and have played one more game.

They will face Ulinzi Stars on November 30.