Kem­boi wins Sport­pesa Septem­ber Player of the Month

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Western Stima striker Wes­ley Kem­boi is the SJAK/Sport­pesa Septem­ber Player of the Month. Kem­boi beat Gor Mahia’s Ge­orge ‘Black­berry’ Odhiambo and Al­lan Wanga in a vote con­ducted by foot­ball writ­ers.

Kem­boi gar­nered 18 points, beat­ing Odhiambo to sec­ond spot with 11 points while Wanga was third on seven points. Kem­boi scored match win­ning goals against AFC Leop­ards and City Stars in Stima’s only league fix­tures dur­ing the month. The 29-year-old en­sured the Sh100, 000 and a 43 LG Smart Tele­vi­sion, which comes with the award, re­mained in the club fol­low­ing teenager Ken­neth Mu­guna’s con­quest in August

That the ini­tial list of nom­i­nees had three play­ers from Western Stima in­di­cates the in­dus­try among play­ers from Henry Omino’s sta­ble. Mu­guna and de­fender Joash Onyango, how­ever, failed to get into the three-man short­list leav­ing Kem­boi to bat­tle Wanga and Odhiambo. His vic­tory capped a stun­ning coach and player of the month dou­ble for Western Stima after Henry Omino was last week crown Septem­ber’s best tac­ti­cian.

After a slow start to the sea­son marred by in­juries, the player whose top flight ca­reer started in 2011, looks to the fu­ture with prom­ise. “I’m happy to have been deemed best player in Septem­ber and I want to keep work­ing hard and smart to be among the best,” said Kem­boi whose ap­petite to re­turn to the na­tional team re­mains high. He played for Kenya un­der French­man Henry Mitchel in a friendly against South Africa but has not caught the eye of cur­rent youth­ful Haram­bee Stars tech­ni­cal bench.

“I do not want to state my de­sire by mere words. My work on the pitch should speak for me and catch the eyes of cur­rent tech­ni­cal bench. If I con­tinue scor­ing and play­ing well, I’m sure there will be space for me in the na­tional team. We are also in a good po­si­tion where ev­ery­body has to look at us. It is en­cour­ag­ing that a num­ber of play­ers from the squad have had call-ups to re­cent na­tional team train­ing camps,” he added.

Omino hailed Kem­boi’s in­flu­ence in the dress­ing room, say­ing he is a role model for the ris­ing stars.

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