By Greg Mulemi
Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has been named April Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award winner. It is Oktay’s second monthly gong in three months having been feted in February.
The Turk guided K’Ogalo to bagging five wins two draws and a walk over which came after Mount Kenya FC failed to honor their fixture. “This feels as a fair reward for a difficult job. I’m happy for what my team accomplished,” the Jubilant Oktay exclaimed before launching into the so called big teams for not offering sufficient challenge
“We have dropped points against teams sitting lower in the table but for the big games there was no competition. We prepared for the big games then they turn out to be walks in the park,” he said
Gor Mahia launched the month with a hard fought 2-1 win over Nzoia Sugar in Kisumu on 1st of April before beating Sony Sugar 3-2 two days later.
A1-1 draw against Kakamega Homeboyz was followed by a similar score line when they took on Ulinzi Stars. K’Ogalo would then gather themselves and squeeze one past Bandari before they were awarded a walkover against already relegated Mount Kenya United. They followed up their brilliant campaign with a 2-0 win over Tusker before wrapping the month with a 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars.
Oktay who guided the champions to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup garnered 12 points in a poll conducted by an SJAK panel to beat Kakamega Homeboyz’ Nicholas Muyoti and AFC Leopards’ Andrew Cassa Mbungo to the gong.
Muyoti guided the Homeboyz to four wins and three draws out of the seven matches they played, Cassa Mbungo on the other side guided Ingwe to four wins and two draws in the six matches they played in April.
Oktay 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 John Baraza of Sofapaka.