Abondo voted Sportpesa SJAK March player of the month

By alex wafula
May 13, 2015
  • Gor Mahia's Ali Abondo the Sportpesa SJAK footballer of the month of March.(Photo:Courtesy)

Victor Ali Abondo, Gor Mahia’s sensational attacking midfielder has been voted the inaugural winner of the SportPesa Sports Journalists Assocition of Kenya, SJAK player of the month.

Abondo was named the best player for the month of March while next Tuesday, April’s best player will be announced as well.

Since making the return to K’Ogalo, Abondo has been in decent form and at the moments sits at the top of the KPL top scorers’ chart with seven goals, same as Jesse Were and Jacob Keli.

In the month of March, Abondo was an influential figure for Gor scoring three goals, adding on to the two he had scored in the first match of the season against Mathare United.

“I have been working hard and it is not so much surprising that I am the first winner. It is something encouraging to see your efforts being recognized and I want to thank SportPesa and SJAK for coming up with this noble idea to reward the best players.”

Abondo said after receiving his memorabilia. He was praised by his coach Frank Nuttal as a hard working player who deserved the award.

“Ali is a good lad, works very hard and he has done well for us in the last couple of months and he really deserves this. To be honest it is a good initiative and all players will work hard looking at winning it.”

The midfielder is not ready to rest on his loins after winning the award and he targets winning the greater player of the year award at the end of the season.

Player picked by SJAK

“I have ambitions and I work hard to see to it that I can do it. I want to be the best player in the country and also in the region and this award is a motivation for me to look at the bigger award at the end of the season.” Abondo noted.

SJAK partnered with betting company SportPesa and each month the best player will be rewarded with a trophy, a 42inch smart TV and Ksh.50,000 in cash.

Members from the Sport Journalists association submit three names each of their preferred candidates for the award before a slimmer committee sits to deliberate on the final winner.

“We received nominations from all members before slimming down the list to the top five who had the highest number of mentions. From there we further slimmed the list to three and finally two using statistics such as goals scored and assists. We also looked at the players goals; Would they make a difference to the team if never scored? From there we put out a vote among the seven members and the winner by a simple majority was picked,” SJAK football commission member Timothy Olobulu said.