By Greg Mulemi
Sofapaka coach John Baraza has been named the Fidelity Insurance /Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) Coach of the month of March 2019.
Baraza guided Sofapaka to four wins in the month of March out the four Kenya Premier League matches to propel the 2009 champions to the summit of the table.
Baraza led Sofapaka began the month of march with a 1-0 win over KCB at home before producing a 3-0 win away to Chemilil at Chemilil Complex.
They continued with their fine form winning their third match against AFC Leopards at the Bukhungu stadium with a 1-0 score. Sofapaka completed their fine form in the month of March with a 3-1 win at home against Mt.Kenya Utd.
Baraza garnered 8 points in a poll conducted by SJAK panel with AFC Leopards tactician Andre Cassa Mbungo coming in a distance second while Gor mahia Hassan Oktay came in third.
The former Kenya international has attributed his team’s fine form to hard work in training and the determination of his players to get maximum points on match days.
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‘The strategy was simple, to prepare my players and give them the right environment to o and perform,’
‘To me the award means a lot to me, it shows that I am headed towards the right direction,’ Baraza said.
Baraza becomes the fourth recipient of the award in the ongoing 2018-2019 season after Western Stima’s Paul Ogai, Mathare United’s Francis Kimanzi and Gor Mahia’s Hassan Oktay were awarded in December, January and February respectively.