Kenyan international goalkeeper Patrick Matasi tops the list of this year’s Magharibi Awards set for this weekend in Bungoma County at Tourist Hotel Bungoma.
Heading in its 6th year running in a row, the event is Sports excellence awards for the Magharibi (Western) Region where the nominees have been selected from five disciplines namely Volleyball, soccer, Basketball, Hockey, and Rugby after a competitive season with new category of The Most promising Stars and Sports personality of the decade.
Making it back to the final list of nominees is last year’s winner Matasi who recently made a major move to Ethiopian side St. Georges.
Matasi, Broke into the national team starting XI and made the number one jersey his own and played a crucial role in Stars’ AFCON qualification with three straight clean sheets.
Just like Matasi, Dennis Odhiambo formerly of St. Anthony’s Kitale played a crucial role for Harambee Stars in his return to the national team. He was at the heart of the 1-0 win over Ghana and also played crucial roles in the two matches against Ethiopia.
Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava has had a stellar season where he marshaled the Green army to their first ever CAF Confederations Cup group stages and also played a crucial role as they defended their KPL title, winning it a record 17th time.
Other on the list of soccer stars are Marvin Nabwire of AFC Leopards, Bandari’s Farouk Shikalo and Vihiga United’s Amos Kigadi.
Among those who have been nominated for this year’s awards include young setter Joy Lusenaka and last year’s overall MMA winner Edith Wisa.
Others include Leonida Kasaya, Metrine Wabwile and Sharon Chepchumba.
The men’s edition will be a tight race after a very explosive season that saw GSU retain their title over Kenya Prison. These will include Brian Melly, Sam Juma, Abiud Chirchir, Kelly Omusa and Elijah Bosire.
The MMA Organizing team has also introduced a category for the Sports Personality of the Decade that will feature those athletes who have excelled in their respective disciplines over the past decade.
Among those who have been selected to compete for this coveted title include Mercy Moim of Kenya Prisons, longest serving setter Janet Wanja of Kenya Pipeline and long serving captain Braxcides Khadambi. Others are former national women team international Doreen Nabwire and International rugby Star Collins Injera.
NOTE – Most Promising player nominees to be announced later today.
1. Patrick Matasi
2. Amos Kigadi
3. Marvin Nabwire
4. Dennis Odhiambo
5. Farouk Shikalo
6. Harun Shakava
1. Daisy Ayodi – Footprints
2. Lucy Machuma – Eagle Wings
3. Hildah Indasi – Equity Bank
4. Selina Okumu – Equity Bank
5. Cynthia Irankunda – KCCA Uganda
1. Kevin Chogo – Thunder
2. Shilton Ochieng – Blades
3. Martin Kitongo-KPA
4. Alex Lugasi – Equity Bank
5. Brian Obimbo – Equity
1. Cynthia Walcho-KU
2. Barbara Atigo- Strathmore
3. Lichuma Lucy-Telkom-
4. Phanice Teka-UsiU
5. Gloria Juma_KU
1. George Mutira – Butali
2. Samuel Ogaji – Bungoma farmers
3. Moses Ademba – MMU
4. Victor Wekesa – Police
5. Moses Omamo – Chase Sailors
1.Edith Wisa – Kenya Prisons
2. Metrine Wabwile – KCB
3. Sharone Chepchumba – Kenya Prisons
4. Leonida Kasaya – Kenya Pipeline
5. Joy Lusenaka – Kenya Prisons.
6. Elizabeth Wanyama – Kenya Prison
7. Noel Murambi – Kenya Pipeline
1. Brian Melly – GSU
2. Sam Juma – KPA
3. Abiud Chirchir – GSU
4. Kelly Omusa – KDF
5. Elijah Bosire – KPA
1. George Nyambua – Kabras Sugar
2. Elkeans Musonye – Strathmore
3. Elvis Namusasi – Mwamba
4. Idris Kakai – Kenya Harlequins
5. Ephraim Oduor – Kabras Suga