KPL champions Gor Mahia in contention for SOYA awards

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 14, 2021
  • Gor Mahia have been nominated as one of the best teams after a good season in the KPL and finishing second in Cecafa Club championship.

  • The Kenya 15's team beat Portugal and Spain and almost qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Gor Mahia, wo retained the Kenya Premier League unbeaten is one of the teams shortlisted for the SOYA awards.

The Green Army are in the company of the Kenya 15's rugby team, Simbas, Kenya Commercial Bank RFC, Kenya men's hockey team and Harambee Stars who will battle it out for the Team of the Year Award-Men at the 2015 Safaricom Soya Awards.

In the women's category, the race is between three volleyball teams: National women’s team Malkia Strikers, the All Africa African Games team and Kenya Pipeline who have been nominated for the Team of the Year Award-Women.

Other teams which have been nominated in this category are Telkom Orange hockey team and Harambee Starlets.

In the men's category, Kenya Simbas who nearly qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup under the guidance of South African Jerome Paawaters had a good season. They beat European sides Portugal and Spain 41-15 and 36-27 on May 30 and July 18 in Nairobi.

The wins enabled Kenya climb to 27th in the World Rugby ranking., the highest ever. Despite losing  20-28 to Zimbabwe and 13-46 to Namibia, Kenya Simbas beat Tunisia 46-15 to retain their position in the Africa Rugby Division 1A  category.

This is the first time Kenya 15s is getting nominated in a field that has seen Kenya Sevens winning the coveted award.

KCB won Kenya Cup

Equally impressive has been the KCB 15's rugby team who followed in the footsteps of their Sevens team that won team of the Year award last season. They won the Kenya Cup after an an eight year wait.

In the final, they beat surprise debutans Kabras Sugar 27-3 on March 14 at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground. KCB, handled by Curtis Olago successfully defended the Impala Floodlit title by beating hosts Impala 26-16 on October 31.

Gor Mahia won the Kenyan Premier League title for third consecutive  time a feat that took their local success to a record 15 times. They were unbeaten. Gor Mahia, who are fondly known as Kogalo also won the Top 8 by beating Sony Sugar 2-1 in the final.

REgionally, Gor Mahia reached the final of Cecafa Kagame Cup. This was the first time a Kenyan team had reached the final since Tusker in 2008. They lost 0-2 to Tanzanian side Azam FC.

Harambee Stars managed to beat Cape Verde, a side ranked fourth in Africa and 32nd in the world in Nairobi, 1-0 without proper preparations which included unpaid allowances. The national football team bowed out of the 2018 World Cup qualification, losing 0-2 to Cape Verde.

They endured a 22-hour flight to Cape Verde arriving a few hours before the kick off. Harambee Stars galvanized a nation with their indefatigable spirit before bowing out of the Russia World Cup 2-1 on aggregate.

The national men’s hockey teams settled for bronze after beating Ghana 4-3 in the play-off in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Africa qualifying tournament in South Africa.

Ninth title for Malkia Strikers

In Volleyball. The Malkia strikers won their ninth title in the Africa Cup Nations championship by defeating Algeria 3-0. As a result of this win, the team qualified for the FIVB World Cup in Japan.

The Malkia strikers went ahead to win their first international title in Group III of the FIVB World Grand Prix. They beat Peru 3-1 in the final after overcoming Australia 3-1 in the semis having won four other matches out of the three legs that took place in Mexico, Algeria and Australia.

The women's team that represented Kenya at the All Africa Games in Congo, Brazzaville was made up of fringe players of Malkia Strikers who were at the World Cup. They were consistent and won a gold medal in a thrilling final against giants Cameroon who they beat 3-1 after coming from a set down.

They overcame another giant, Egypt in five-set thriller. It was Kenya’s first gold medal side the 1999 Africa Games.

Kenya Pipeline reached the final of the Africa Club Championships, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt 3-1 in April. The team retained the National League title, beating Kenya Prisons 3-1 in the final in November.

Telkom Orange retained the Africa Club Championships and will be defending it in Zambia. They are also on the verge of winning their 17th consecutive national league title.