Elvis Rupia has become the first ever recipient of the BetKing Premier League (BPL) Player of the Month prize after he was awarded for his exemplary performances for the month of December.
The AFC Leopards striker was feted on Friday 12 February at the club’s training ground at Gems Cambridge in Karen Nairobi, beating out KCB FC custodian Joseph Okoth as well as fellow striker Eric Kapaito of Kariobangi Sharks.
Aside from a glossy new trophy, Rupia also gets a KES 50,000 cash prize.
The former Wazito FC striker began the season in sharp form as he netted six goals in just four matches played in the month. He began by netting the winner against Tusker on matchday 1 before following that up with a brace against Bidco United in Leopards’ second fixture. He wrapped things off in style by grabbing the season’s first hatrick in a dominant 3-0 win over Sofapaka.
He did not find the net as Leopards shockingly lost to Western Stima in their last game of the month with the stat further highlighting his importance and influence in Anthony “Modo” Kimani’s side at the time.
Okoth & Kapaito
KCB’s Okoth came in a close second as his heroics between the sticks helped maintain The Banker’s 100% record as they only conceded once in five matches.
Former league MVP Kapaito finished 3rd as his four goals and two assists in four matches had Sharks sitting comfortably in second place.