AFC Leopards striker Ezekiel Odera has been crowned March Player of the Month by Kenyan sports journalists through their association SJAK .Odera overcame the grief of his mother’s death to score four goals in each of Ingwe’s Kenyan Premier League games in March.
The 30 year-old saw off the challenge of Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya and Elvis Rupia of Nzoia Sugar, garnering eleven votes to Nyakeya’s 7 while Rupia polled 6 votes. Odera became the first Leopards player to ever win the SJAK award since its inception four years ago.
In Other News;
– Newly appointed coach Ian Snook and Murray Roulston from New Zealand will oversee Kenya Simbas trials on Sunday with the help of four Kenya Cup coaches.This is the first time in many years the national 15’s team will be conducting trials at the RFUEA.
– Conseslus Kipruto and Evan Jager will renew their rivalry at the at the IAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic meeting in Eugene on May 25-26.The field includes six of the top seven finishers from last year’s World Championships and every IAAF Diamond Trophy winner since its 2010 inception.
– Tusker FC have sought the services of veteran coach Robert Matano to turn around their staggering Kenyan Premier League season.This follows the firing of Ugandan George Nsimbe due to disappointing results that have seen the Brewers lie 15th on the log. Matano will be deputised by Charles Okere who joins the club from KCB. Okere will also double up as club’s youth head coach. Matano has extensive experience of the KPL, having coached at Gor Mahia, Ulinzi, Sofapaka, AFC and Tusker FC.
– Former Harambee Stars coach Henri Michel has died at the age of 70, the French footballers’ union (UNFP) announced on Tuesday.The French man was hired as Stars coach in August 29, 2012 taking over from Francis Kimanzi, but he quit under a cloud of uncertainty two months into the job for reportedly non-payment.Michel also coached the French national team, leading Les Bleus to the 1984 Olympic title.