NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31- Striker Michael Khamati has been named Tusker FC’s player of the month for May after scoring two goals and providing two assists to aid the Brewers finish the first leg top of the Kenyan Premier League standings.
Khamati, who joined Tusker from AFC Leopards in January, becomes the fourth recipient of the award after captain James Situma, keeper David Okello and midfielder Humphrey Mieno won the past three trophies for their contribution to the team.
“I feel proud to get this award because it is a motivation to work harder and hopefully I will get more. It has not been my effort alone and I would want to thank the team for helping me win this award,” Khamati told Capital Sport.
The striker has so far scored six goals this season, surpassing the four he netted last season at Leopards .
He says he does not have any regrets leaving AFC Leopards for Tusker, a club he joined because he needed a bigger and better challenge.
“I don’t regret coming here because I think it was a good move. I am now playing more regularly and enjoying my football compared to when I was at Leopards,” Khamati offered.
Situma commended his team mate for the award, saying he deserved due to his hard work and commitment.
“It is something good for the club to have these awards because it motivates players to work harder in every single game. We hope it is going to push us to perform better in the second leg,” Situma said
Tusker is seeking to topple 15-time league champions Gor Mahia to the title this year and reclaim the crown they last won in 2012.
Khamati hopes he can keep on scoring and help the team to the title, the first in his career.
“I believe we can make it because looking at the way we are playing as a team, we have what it takes. Personally, it is what drives me,” the forward said.
His sentiments were echoed by Situma who said; “We have the quality needed, we have the team spirit and we hope we can make it. Personally, it has been a dream to win the title again having won with Sofapaka in 2009.”
Tusker chairman James Musyoki, who was present during the ceremony, commended the team for their good start to the season and urged them to maintain the tempo to the final hurdle.
Only two points separate Tusker and second placed Ulinzi Stars and the Brewers hope they can open the gap when they face the military side in the second leg that resumes in July.