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Award-winner Kagere eyes treble

Kester Shimonyo (SportsPesa), right and Moses Margi (LG Electronics) hand Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere (centre) a 42-inch flat screen television after he was named September SportsPesa/SJAK Player of the Month on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.

NAIROBI, October 13- Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere, is determined to help the SportsPesa Premier League champions clinch the treble as he continues to enjoy his purple patch after joining the team at the beginning of the season.

The Ugandan-born former Rwanda international has been instrumental in Gor’s unbeaten charge to a third successive league title and was crowned the SportPesa/Sports Journalist Association of Kenya Player of the month of September on Tuesday morning.

Kagere won the award ahead of Nairobi City Stars striker, Emrima Sanneh, after scoring two goals and providing three assists as K’Ogalo wrapped their third league crown in succession besides progressing in the Top 8 and GOtv Shield competitions.

“I thank my fellow players because I didn’t do this alone. I celebrate this award with my team. September was one of my best and I’m happy I achieved what led to this award.

“There is time a player is in top form and scoring comes naturally but it depends on the type of team we are playing against. I’m focusing on the knockout games because our target is to win the GOtv Shield and Top 8.

“Winning the Premier League unbeaten was my biggest achievement and I’m hoping we will not lose the remaining two games,” Kagere, whose one year contract lapses at the end of the season, stated.

The 29-year-old who has scored 13 this season, believes he can topple Tusker FC forward, Jesse Were’s 19 in the top scorer charts and win the race for the Golden Boot.

With K’Ogalo settling for a barren draw with Ulinzi Stars in their first league match in September, Kagere was influential in their next fixture against Sony Sugar, providing the assist for winger, Innocent Wafula to score the winner.

It was the result that confirmed a third league title in a row for K’Ogalo.

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The powerful forward affectionately referred to as ‘Luanda Magere’ went on to score a brace in their 3-2 win over Ushuru FC in the GOtv Shield Round of 32 before netting the opener in their 3-0 victory over Muhoroni Youth in the KPL Top 8 quarters.

Assistant head coach, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla was not surprised when Kagere was rewarded with Sh50,000, a 42-inch LG smart TV and a trophy engraved with his name on Tuesday.

“Journalists are doing a good job because they encourage the players to work hard.

“With Gor’s splendid performance, I think you should be coming here every month and I’m happy it’s the third time the award is coming to K’Ogalo,” Ogolla, a former Harambee Stars and Gor midfield general said.

“We are hoping this will help us improve the league competition and encourage players to work hard. We promise by the ends of the season more awards will be given. The players will be motivated and hope the performance will impact the national team,” LG Marketing Manager, Moses Marji declared.

Title sponsor, SportPesa Chief Marketer, Kester Muhanji said, “We are here to nurture and contribute towards talent development. We are hoping to have a grand and better one at the end of the year that will have more awards.”

Inaugural winner and midfielder Ali Abondo and Burundian defender, Karim Nizigiyimana are the other Gor players who have bagged the monthly honour.

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