Kenyan Sports first! A million bob for the Footballer of the year

By alex wafula
Nov 11, 2021
  • Kester Muhanji, Jack Oguda, Chris Mbaisi and Moses Marji of LG during the launch of the FOYA awards.

The Sports Journalists Association of Kenya,SJAK, and Kenya Premier League,KPL have partnered to award the top footballers on December 9, in what could be the richest ever sporting award paid out to an athlete locally.

The top award-the most valuable player for the 2015- will see the winner walk home with Ksh.1million, five times what last season’s winner walked away with.

The announcement was made on wednesday during the launch of the 2015 Footballer of the Year, FOYA  awards in Nairobi.

Moving away from tradition where the prerogative of selecting the best players in a season fell on KPL coaches, SJAK members will also nominate with the Association's football committee selecting the final winners.

KPL title sponsors Sportpesa who are also partners with SJAK will be the main sponsors of the awards with electronics company LG also bringing on board a sponsorship perk totaling Ksh.1.5million.

The Golden Glove and Golden Boot awards will see the winners awarded Ksh.500,000 each, midfielder, defender and coach of the year awards winners walk home with Ksh.300,000 while the young player of the year, fair play player of the year and referee of the year will scoop Ksh.200,000.

On top of these cash awards and trophies, all winners will also get 43-inch smart Television sets.

Journalists to select winners 

This new collaboration comes after a successful partnership between SJAK and Sportpesa for the player of the month awards which started in March this year.

“Coaches will give their top eight nominations by mail and then the rest of the work will be left for SJAK. We trust their competence and know they will deliver credible results. KPL will assist in giving all the statistics for all the players and thus you will be sure of merited awards. They (SJAK) have done a good job in the monthly awards and we look forward to the big one,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda said.

Sportpesa’s Marketing Manager Kester Muhanji hinted the sponsorship perk could improve.

“This is just a start and there is a likelihood that we will better it next year. We believe by doing this, the standards of the game in Kenya will rise. Sportpesa believes in talent development and we are in this for the long haul,” he said.

SJAK chairman Chris Mbaisi was pleased with new development, a culmination of over a year of talks.

“At first, KPL were a bit apprehensive but we did not give up and pushed till now that this has borne fruit. We promise that these awards will be credible because we have a competent team which has worked well in awarding the player of the month,” Mbaisi noted.

There will be 12 categories for the awards including golden gloves, golden boots, best goalkeeper, best midfielder, best fair play player, best fair play club, coach of the year, team manager of the year, assistant manager of the year, referee of the year and assistant referee of the year.