Former Gor Mahia midfielder Lawrence Juma is among six players nominated for the midfielder of the year award during the September 11, award ceremony.
The Sofapaka midfielder had a great season though his team failed to rise up to the occasion. We look at all the six players.
- Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka) – the attacking midfielder is the front runner for the award, having had a stellar campaign despite his sides’ poor season.
- His goal contributions certainly helped his side avoid the relegation battle and he was a shining light in an otherwise dark season for his club. His sixteen goals placed him third on the top scorers’ standings, exceeding the 2017 season where his goalscoring exploits for Nzoia Sugar earned him a move to giants Gor Mahia.
- Jackson Macharia (Tusker) – with his title winning side having a plethora of attacking options, the midfielder was a useful option off the bench and he ended the campaign as his sides second top scorer with eight goals.
- Kevin Kimani (Wazito) – despite his side having attacking problems of their own (their thirty goals scored was the least of all teams above them), the midfielder had a good campaign scoring ten goals, with crucial strikes in the games against Tusker, Bandari and AFC Leopards.
- Shami Kibwana (Kakamega Homeboyz) – the midfielder finished the season strongly, with nine of his ten goals coming from the final two months of July and August. His strong goalscoring form saw him awarded the player of the month award for July where he netted eight goals and assisted one in only six games.
- James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks) – the 2017 MVP in the National Secondary School Term Two games was a ball of energy on the left flank and his dribbling and his timely delivery of crosses was an important attacking facet for his side. He was the top playmaker with eleven assists to his name and he also scored two goals to contribute to almost a third of his team’s goals.
- Brian Ochieng (KCB) – the 23-year-old is the only non-attacking minded midfielder in the nominees for the award but the defensive midfielder nicknamed ‘Rio’ was an important cog for his side. His presence in front of the defense was crucial as he helped his side concede the least goals in the league.