26 November 2012

Uganda/Kenya: Ugandan Shines in the Kenya Premier League

Uganda will miss the services of diminutive Gor Mahia Striker Daniel Sserunkuma who was ruled out of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup currently being played in Uganda.

Sserunkuma, fresh from notching 17 goals for the Kenya Premier League (KPL) side and subsequently being named the KPL Footballer of the Year is reported to have received a knock during his side's Semifinal game against AFC Leopards.

Sserunkuma becomes the first foreigner to be named KPL Footballer of the year award. He was the runner up to the golden boot that was taken by veteran striker John Baraza.

Some sports pundits had said that Sserunkuma had at one point expressed his desire to play for the Kenya national Team.

However cranes coach Bobby Williamson is quoted by Supersport as saying, "Dan Sserunkuma got injured in his team's game against AFC Leopards (FKF Cup) and asked to be left out."

Sportsnewsarena.com quotes the striker as saying, "I talked to coach Bobby Williamson early this week and requested him to omit me from his squad as I nurse an injury that I picked towards the end of the season."

Sserunkuma's Gor Mahia capped off an excellent season by scooping top prize in three other categories including the Coach of the Year that went to their eccentric Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic.

Anthony Akumu and Ivan Anguyu were the other winners from K'Ogalo's staple picking up the Best Midfielders and Best Defender's trophies.

But the night belonged to Sserunkuma, who also came second in the Golden Boot and Fair Player of the Year categories.

It was not only a bumper harvest of trophies for Sserunkuma but also a handsome pay day. The striker, who was distraught after Gor failed to win the league title on the final day of the season, was Ksh.350,000 richer.

For his top prize he pocketed Ksh.200,000 and Ksh.75,000 in each of the two categories that he finished second.

The other big winner of the night was Sofapaka's veteran striker John Baraza who carted away the Golden Boot and the Fair Player of the Year Awards.

This was Baraza's fourth top scorer's award since 2001. The lethal striker, who also topped the goal scorers' chart in 2010, plundered 18 goals this season, one more than Sserunkuma.

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