NAIROBI, April 29 – Ten-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC have introduced the Player of the Month Award for its players in a bid to motivate the club as they seek to reclaim the title they last lifted in 2012.
The award that sees the Brewers become the first top flight football club to reward its players monthly, will give Sh50, 000 to the most outstanding player on and off the pitch each month.
The club has backdated the award that started in the Month of February with three players receiving their prizes Friday at the team’s Ruaraka Grounds training base.
Skipper James Situma was the first beneficiary after scooping the February gong, midfielder Humphrey Mieno bagged the March accolade while goal keeper David Okello won April’s award.
Speaking at the event, Tusker FC head coach, Paul Nkata lauded the move by the club to fete its best players every month saying that the gesture will go a long way towards motivating the team to play better into the remaining games.
“The monthly awards are important as they are playing a critical role in motivating players to give their all on the pitch and to maintain high levels of integrity off the pitch,” Nkata said.
Club CEO Charles Obiny, noted that the Monthly Awards had played a pivotal role to ensure the team had improved collectively both on and off the pitch, leading to the improved performance by the team so far this season.
The technical bench will be tasked in settling on the best player after weekly assessment and in each game.
Tusker, are second in the SportPesa Premier League log on 21 points after 11 rounds, one point behind leaders Mathare United.
The Brewers face GOtv Shield champions Bandari in the 2016 KPL Top 8 opener, seeking to reclaim the domestic cup after losing it to Gor Mahia last season.