Nsimbe rewarded as May coach of the month

By alex wafula
Jul 05, 2017
  • George Nsimbe bounced back from a rocky start to win all the KPL matches in May before losing to Bandari last weekend. (Photo Courtesy)

  • KPL will be back on TV after a new deal with Bamba Sport. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

George ‘Best’ Nsimbe, the Tusker FC boss was rewarded with May’s coach of the month gong after his splendid run with the brewers saw him win all matches that month.

Nsimbe won the award from a unanimous vote by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) after his unscathed run.

Nsimbe who saw his tenure at the helm of the reigning Kenyan Premier League champions start on a bumpy ride stabilized the ship and went eight unbeaten before losing 0-1 at home in Meru to Bandari FC.

Tusker began the month of May with a 1-0 win over Kakamega Homeboyz before travelling to Kericho and winning 2-0.

Their third match that month was 2-1 home win against against SoNy Sugar before beating Mathare United 2-0 and AFC Leopards 1-0.

“I am very excited because this is my first season in Kenya and only six months in I have won an award. It has been purely because of what my players have put into training and what they have implemented on the field of play,” Nsimbe said on Tuesday.

Humphrey Mieno, the Tusker deputy skipper congratulated his coach saying his methods have worked for them, and that’s the reason they have managed to rise on the standings.

Tusker started the season poorly, Nsimbe seeing the side slump out of the CAF Champions League in the preliminary round after losing to lowly AS Port Louis.

The poor form translated into the league where they lost their first two league matches to Nzoia Sugar and Thika United.

“We sat down and analyzed what we needed to do. We also fixed the off pitch issues that had put us down and made a decision that we should play to win. Things changed and now we have picked up well,” Nsimbe explained.

The Ugandan coach is now confident the team can defend both their titles although he concedes it will not be an easy task.

Tusker shift their attention to the GOtv Shield this weekend where they face National Super League side Palos FC.

“Defending both titles is our ultimate goal, but I know it is not going to be easy. As defending champions, teams will always come out wanting to beat you and we acknowledge that. But we have to work hard because the expectation from everyone is that we defend our titles,” Nsimbe noted.

With the award, Nsimbe received not only the winner’s plaque but a cash reward of Sh75,000.

KPL back on TV

Meanwhile, beginning July 15, at least two Kenyan Premier League matches will be screened live by the KPL’s new Free to Air partner Bamba Sport.

The subsidiary of Radio Africa Group Limited put pen to paper on a short term deal till the end of the season to broadcast top flight matches having paid a figure of Sh.36 million.

The deal was signed on Tuesday with an option of extension next season. 

Bamba Sport has been initially broadcasting the National Super League and Football Kenya Federation is said to have played a major role in convincing them take up the bigger product as well.

“For us at Radio Africa this confirms our commitment to growing local sports and is another direction in meeting the needs of our viewers. We are delighted to partner with the KPL and FKF in this partnership that brings the best of our local soccer to lovers of the game in our country," Radio Africa Group boss Patrick Quarco said during the launch.

The top tier league which had previously been broadcast by South African Pay TV company SuperSport since 2009 has been off air since April when the broadcasters terminated their contract.

Since then, the league has been in the dark with sponsors said to have grown concern as they were no longer getting value for their money in terms of advertising.

KPL also say they are working round the clock to tie down an international firm to ensure the league is not only visible within the country but over the borders as well.

“Producing and broadcasting football matches is a venture that requires a lot of dedication and commitment and we are glad that Radio Africa Group, through Bamba Sport, has taken the decision to dedicate its resources and expertise in showcasing the best of Kenyan football talent on our screens,” KPL chair Ambrose Rachier said.