Nzoia Sugar’s Brian Otieno is the March Sportpesa Footballer of the Month. Otieno netted a brace in the Nzoia Sugar opening day 5-2 rout of holders Tusker then staged a remarkable show against Mathare United in their scoreless draw to emerge the month's best.
The 21 year-old became the first winner of the award in 2017 and carried home a 49 inch LG Smart television and Sh100000 alongside a personalized trophy. He also became the third defender to win the award after initial triumphs by Karim Nzigiyimana of Gor Mahia and Sherif Mohammed of Bandari.
Gor Mahia duo Kenneth Muguna and Geoffrey Walusimbi made the final shortlist from an initial list of nine players nominated by football journalists.
They however fell short of the necessary votes to land the gong as Otieno garnered 17 votes to join a privileged few who have won the award since inception in 2015. Walusimbi polled 14 while Muguna placed third on 11 votes. Other players who were nominated for the award but fell short included Moses Odhiambo of Sofapaka, Thika United defender Christopher Oruchum, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza of Gor Mahia and Ovella Ochieng of Kariobangi Sharks.
Nzoia Sugar led the standings after the first weekend of action but ended up 2nd on the table with four points at the close of March. The result against league defending champions left tongues wagging among fans and Nzoia Sugar a marked club by fellow top-flight teams.
The going has been anything but easy for the newbies but the team hopes to fight elation from Otieno's triumph in their bid to stay up. "I'm very excited at being awarded. It's the first time i'm getting something like this and frankly i'm overjoyed. I dedicate it to my teammates without whom i would not have won it. Our results have not been the best since then but hopefully we shall get back to winning ways." Otieno offered in his laid back demeanor
Nzoia assistant coach Vincent Sifuma heaped praises on the young striker saying he is destined to greater things. "He is new to the league but he's already made a mark He is capable of developing into a better player who can achieve a lot. I hope the award stirs up the rest so they put more effort." Mwalala said
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In The Spotlight
Vincent Oburu scored five goals as AFC Leopards recorded their highest ever competitive win, beating Diero FC 15-1 in the GoTV Shield round of 32 fixture played in Kisumu on Saturday.
Whyonne Isuza bagged four with Musa Mudda and Marcellus Ingotsi bagging braces. Ian Otieno was also on the score sheet, netting the 15th from the spot.
In other matches, Kakamega Homeboyz beat Naivas FC 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo grounds. Nairobi Stima beat 4-1 while Palos FC thumped 5-1. Former SPL side KCB beat Poror Mote 3-0 at Afraha Stadium.
Collated GoTV roundup Saturday 24th June 2017
Poror Mote 1 vs 3 KCB
Timsales 0 vs 3 Sony Sugar
Al-Ahly 0 vs 2 Kenpoly FC
Tandaza 2(6) vs 2 (7) Zetech University
Naivas 0 VS 1 Homeboyz
Machakos United 1 vs 4 Nairobi Stima
Uweza 1 vs 3 Bandari
Bungoma SuperStars 2 vs 3 Kariobangi Sharks
Karatina Homeboyz 2 vs 0 AP
Griffin 1 vs 5 Palos
Dero 1 vs 15 AFC Leopards
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to seal their semi-final place at the Confederations Cup.
Ronaldo's 33rd-minute goal was followed by strikes from Manchester City-bound Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani.
Mexico also progressed to the semi-finals as they knocked hosts Russia out of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.
Portugal ensured top spot in Group A as New Zealand finished bottom after a third straight defeat.
However, defender Pepe will miss Portugal's semi-final after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.
And there will be fitness concerns over Bernardo Silva, who was substituted at half-time because of an ankle injury.
In the other group, Chile and Germany will both progress to the last four if they avoid defeat on Sunday.
Chile face Australia and Germany play Cameroon on Sunday to determine the final standings in Group B.
Confederations Cup semi-final fixtures
Portugal v Group B second place (Wed 28 June 21:00 EAT)
Group B winner v Mexico (Thurs 29 June 21:00 EAT)
Full fixtures and results
Portugal, Euro 2016 winners
Mexico, 2015 Concacaf Cup winners
New Zealand, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners
Russia, qualify as 2018 World Cup hosts
Cameroon, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners
Chile, 2015 Copa America winners
Australia, 2015 Asian Cup winners
Germany, 2014 World Cup winners
Thika United is the latest side to withdraw from the GoTV Shield which kicks off this weekend across the country.
Kasarani Sub branch's Nairobi Governor Cup Champions Terror Squad and Makadara Champions Makongeni Youth have made it to the semifinals of the Nairobi Governors Cup County Championships Nairobi East Zone. Also through are Kamkunjis best Jijazie FC and Babadogo's Korogocho Youth
Terror Squad played out a 1-1 draw with Korogocho Youth at the Kariobangi North Primary School, a result that was enough for both teams to qualify. Army man Enock Mogire was on target for Terror Squad while Korogocho’s goal was netted by America Jawa
At the City Stadium, Makongeni Youth confirmed their place in the last four with a 2-1 win over a dominant Reuben United. Goals from Kennedy Otieno and Godrick Juma did the job for Makongeni, with Adams Usama’s equalizer at the stroke of halftime for Reuben United ending up as a mere consolation
Jijazie had earlier on thumped Kinsan FC 3-0. Morvo Papalai, James Okello and Vincent Nasa were on target for Jijazie
Kamkunji's Golden Angels were winners in the girls’ category, brushing aside Soweto Queens 5-0. Grace Achieng, Sheila Rono, Catherine Achieng, Evelyn Juma and Jess Wangari were on the score sheet for the victorious. The match between Mukuru Talents and Nairobi County Queens FC ended in a 0-0 stalemate
At Kariobangi North Primary School, Kariobangi Sports Ladies managed a 2-0 win over Star-started Kayole Starlets JNR. Diana Wacera and Mercy Achieng were on target for the victors, who consequently qualify for the quarterfinals. Girls Unlimited edged out Street revolution 2-0 in the other match played at the same venue
Terror Squad a.k.a The Red Eagles will face Makongeni Youth in the first semifinal of the Nairobi East Zone, while Jijazie FC will be up against Korogocho Youth in the other semifinal
The winner from the Nairobi East Zone will face her Nairobi West branch counterparts in the grand finale, whose winner will pocket kshs 1.5 Million, with the losing finalist taking home kshs 1 Million.
The losing finalists from both zones will square it out in a third-place play-off which has a kshs 500,000 token at stake
The top scorer, best goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player will each take home kshs 250,000 each.
Nairobi East Zone Results
Jijazie FC 3-0 Kinsan FC
Makongeni Youth FC 2-1 Reuben United FC
Kariobangi Sports FC 2-0 Githurai United
Terror Squad FC 1-1 Korogocho Youth
Kariobangi Sports Ladies 2-0 Kayole Starlets
Girls Unlimited 2-0 Street revolution
Golden Angels 5-0 Soweto Queens
Mukuru Talents 0-0 Nairobi County