The Star (Nairobi)

21 November 2012

Kenya/Uganda: Stage Set for Foya Awards in Nairobi

Top performers in the just concluded 2012 Kenya Premier league will be feted at a FOYA gala dinner hosted at a Nairobi hotel tonight. The league season ended on November 10 with Tusker retaining their league title ahead of Gor Mahia in a dramatic last day of top flight football.

Oserian and Rangers FC also bid the league goodbye and are set to play in the Nationwide league next season. Taking their place in the KPL will be Bandari and Kakamega Homeboyz both of whom guaranteed themselves promotion after topping their Zones in the Second Division league.

With John Baraza guaranteed to pick the KPL golden boot award for the third time in four years all eyes will be focused on who walks away with the Footballer of the year Award (FOYA)

Gor's Ugandan striker Dan Sserunkuma starts as the overwhelming favourite to clicnb the award after yet another stellar season for Nairobi City Stars and K'ogallo. The 20-year-old just missed out on the Golden boot award after Baraza scored on the final day to inch ahead by taking his tally to 18 goals as Sserunkuma ended on 17.

Sserunkuma was dropped from the Uganda Cranes who begin their defence of the Cecafa title on home soil on Saturday. KCB's Mungai Kiongera is one of the five players shortlisted for the award alongside Peter Opiyo, John Keo (Oserian)and Mike Barasa (AFC Leopards).

Kiongera, has attracted the attention of top KPL sides. His performances this season make him the most likely player to give the Ugandan a run for his money. He scored 11 goals for his KCB side that finished 10th in the league earning call ups to the national team for his efforts.

Nairobi City Stars striker Bruno Sserunkuma also leads the new player of the year race after scoring twice since his move to the club in July.He will compete for the award with Muhoroni Youth's goalkeeper Joseck Gathongo, Muhoroni and Nigerian Abbey Natty, Hussein Zzinda (Karuturi Sports) and Oserian defender Edmond Murai.

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