In less than two weeks after receiving athletics coach of the year when he led a successful Rio Olympics Games in Brazil, Julius Kirwa will face other four coaches at this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Award (SOYA).
Kirwa will be facing former Rugby 7s head coach Benjamin Ayimba who for the first time won the world rugby series in Singapore, Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma, who assisted Kenyan girls at the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Younde Cameroon, Catherine Mabwi the only female contestant and coach of the national Under-23 volleyball team and hockey coach Jos Openda.
Ouma graces the awards for the first time after he made history by taking the Kenyan national women’s football team to a first ever African Women’s Cup of Nations in Camerron where Kenya were bundled out in the group stages after losing all their three matches against Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.
Kirwa was head coach of the successful Rio Olympic team despite the scandals that followed Team Kenya in Rio and after.
Many however think he should not bask in the glory of the Rio success as the KDF tactician only takes charge of a team that is already prepared by other coaches.