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22 November 2012

Kenya: Sserunkuma Leads Gor's Foya Domination

He wants to turn from a Crane to a Star. He will not honour his home nation's national team call up for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup due to his deep affection for his adopted nation and above all, his new home has crowned him the best of them all.

"My future is in Gor Mahia, I want more years there. I feel happy, a good coach and good fans so I do not feel like going everyone. Now, I do not have to talk about myself. Being the best player in Kenya means I've doing well and it is not a mistake," Ugandan born striker Dan Sserunkuma said shortly after he was declared the Tusker Premier League (TPL) Footballer of the Year.

"I feel happy in Kenya and hopefully I will play for the national team. We will sit down and discuss with the coach and after that, I will let you know," the dreadlocked marksman who plundered in 17 goals asserted.

"I feel happy to be named the best player in Kenya it means that I have been improving. Coming from City Stars to Gor Mahia, I found a coach who improved me a lot. I never knew a lot things and when I went there, he gave me a lot and improved me on using my brains a lot," the forward who also

"As a player, you have to do your best for the team especially when playing for Gor Mahia. I talked to the Cranes technical committee and asked them I need to rest because I was also nursing injury.

"I will relax and not play in CECAFA so that I can prepare for next season. It was very tough when we lost the title and we talked among ourselves to lift ourselves up for the Cup. We forgot what happened and won the Cup," the 2012 finest who was the runner-up in the Golden Boot and Fair Play awards explained.

KCB's rising star, Paul Mungai Kiongera, a second year Bachelor of Psychology at Kenyatta University was named the runner-up in the biggest prize of the evening besides being the second runner-up in the Midfielder of the Year.

"I'm very happy because there are many good players in Kenya and to get an award is an honour. My teammates were fantastic throughout the season. If you just listen to the coaches and follow the instructions, everything will be okay with you.

"I will always work hard and listen to the coaches. Studying psychology has helped me to interact with people and I get to understand them and this has been helpful. For now, I'm a KCB player and I'm contracted to them," the player who kept his side in the TPL with ten goals observed.

He was the star when a development side beat Botswana 4-1 in a friendly in his first call-up to the national team and Kiongera who will feature in CECAFA is keen to establish himself in the squad.

"When you get the chance to play for the national team, you have to give your all because you are representing many people," the midfielder expressed promising that his rise will not be dimmed next season.

AFC Leopards striker, Mike Baraza, was third:

Gor coach, Zradvko Logarusic was announced as the Coach of the Year in recognition of the turnaround he fashioned for the club that managed only seven out of 27 points in their first nine games of the season ahead of Thika United's John Kamau and Mathare United's Stanley Okumbi.

"Kenya is a big country and they say 'Mzungu' is the Coach of the Year. I'm so happy. When I came here, I wanted to run away after two days but I took up the challenge and here we are. I'm disappointed that I did not win all the trophies but I feel proud for what we have achieved," the Croat who led K'Ogalo to the KPL Top 8 and FKF Cup said.

"On Sunday, I will be on a plane to Europe and I do not know whether I will return. I stayed here because of the supporters because the money is not good. I told myself to stay for a few months and make them happy because such support is not easy to find," the coach disclosed on his future.

"My salary is less than a million and if they are willing to pay me, I will tell them what is wrong with the national team. Croatia is a country of 4.2 million and we have been in the top ten in the last decade while Kenya is a nation of 40m but the country continues to lose. I hope those who are in charge will come up with a plan after all, they are getting Sh4m," Logarusic underscored when he was quizzed about prospects of handling the national team.

Gor Mahia's Anthony Akumu is the Midfielder of the Year with Francis Kahata (Thika United) and Kiongera completing the podium with K'Ogalo's other Ugandan import, Ivan Anguyo being named the Defender of the Year ahead of Jockins Atudo (Tusker) and Eugene Asike (Sofapaka).

For the second year in a row, champions Tusker custodian, Boniface Oluoch, scooped the Goal Keeper of the Year decoration with Gor's Fredrick Onyango and Robert Mandela of Western Stima in second and third.

Gor, who missed a first title in 17 years on the last day of a dramatic season, dominated the gala with seven awards to underline their class.

2012 FOYA WINNERS:

Player of the Year

1. Dan Sserunkuma

2. Paul Kiongera

3. Mike Baraza

Golden Boot

1. John Baraza

2. Dan Sserunkuma

3. Rama Salim/Kepha Aswani/Evans Amuoka

Coach of the Year

1. Zdravko Logarusic

2. John Kamau

3. Stanley Okumbi

Midfielder of the Year

1. Anthony Akumu

2. Francis Kahata

3. Paul Kiongera

Defender of the Year

1. Ivan Anguyo

2. Jockins Atudo

3. Eugene Asike

Goalkeeper of the Year

1. Boniface Oluoch

2. Fredrick Onyango

3. Robert Mandela

Team manager of The Year

1. Josephat Okal

2. George Maina

3. William Muluya

Assistant Referee of The Year

1.Gilbert Cheruiyot

2. Mike Mwangi

3. Jane Cherono

Referee of the Year

1. Nassur Doka

2. Davies Omweno

3. Tom Onyango

FairPlay Team of The Year

1. Rangers

2. Ulinzi Stars

3. Muhoroni Youth

Fair Play Player of The Year

1. John Baraza

2. Dan Sserunkuma

3. Obadiah Ndege

New Player of The Year

1. Abbey Natty

2. Zzinda Hussein

3.Edmond Murai

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