NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30- Fresh from winning Tusker’s Player of the Month Award alongside defender Lloyd Wahome, striker Allan Wanga says the accolade will inspire him put more energy into the final few games of the season as Tusker hunts for a double; the GOtv Shield and the Kenyan Premier League crown.
Wanga scored thrice in four games earning the August Player of the Month Award while Wahome’s solid performance at the back earned him September’s accolade to see each receive a trophy and Sh50,000 reward.
“It is a huge motivation and I believe it gives me more urge to fight and help the team win trophies this season. I think the club has done a good thing to have this scheme because every player will work hard for it and ultimately the team does well because everyone is on toes,” Wanga, who rejoined his boyhood club in June from Tanzanian side Azam, told Capital Sport.
The same sentiment was shared by Wahome who got his chance in Tusker’s defense following Martin Kiiza’s injury.
The former Mathare United center-back had been consigned to the bench at the beginning of the season with head coach Paul Nkata preferring Kiiza partnering with Eugene Asike.
“It has lifted my morale and definitely towards the final weeks of the season, I have to give my best because I can’t go lower,” Wahome said.
Tusker travels to Nakuru where they face KCB FC in the semi-final of the GOtv Shield on Saturday, hoping to quench a 23-year wait for the title.
At the top of the Premier League standings, the Brewers lead champions Gor Mahia by four points with five matches to go.
Wanga who won the league title with Tusker in 2007 as well as the GOtv Shield in two different occasions; 2010 with Sofapaka and 2013 with AFC Leopards, hopes he can carry with him some of the good luck charm on his second coming to Ruaraka.
“We have a very good chance in both and we only need to keep our concentration high. Winning the two trophies will mark a sweet return and will be a huge achievement for the club. Personally, I will look to add some new titles in my collection and that’s a personal motivation,” Wanga asserted.
Tusker surrendered the League title to Gor in 2013 and K’Ogalo has been dominant winning it thrice in a row but the Brewers are confident they can reclaim the trophy this year and will want to do it with a game to spare as they face defending champions in their final fixture of the season.