KISUMU, Kenya, Oct 4 – Henry Omino made history as the first tactician to win the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award twice after being named September’s best on Tuesday.
Omino, who scooped the July award, has masterminded an unexpected bid for a first ever title, with Western Stima currently sitting third in the table – eight points behind leaders Tusker FC with five games to play.
Western Stima entered the month in fine form before victories over Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards that took them only four points behind defending champions Gor Mahia who are second.
Omino, who received 19 points, got the vote ahead of Gor Mahia’s Jose ‘Marcelo’ Ferreira (17), Tusker’s Paul Nkata (14) and Sony Sugar coach Salim Babu (10).
With only two matches played in the month of September, Omino collected all the six points available at the same maintaining clean sheet after registering twin wins of 1-0 in both City Stars and AFC Leopards.
Speaking when receiving the Award at the team’s training ground at Moi’s Kisumu Stadium, the 65-year-old longest serving coach believes their hard work push them to clinch the league for the first time ever.
“We are still in line and I’m grateful that for the second time in three months this award comes me. But I know the players made it possible, the technical bench and club management all have played different roles which led to this,” elated Omino stated.
Omino’s rewards include a Sh50, 000, a personalized plaque and bragging rights over his peers.
Other tacticians who won in previous months include Francis Kimanzi, Zedekiah Otieno, Ivan Minnaert, Salim Babu and Francis Baraza.
Cheered by his elated players, Omino dedicated his fortune to the squad and technical bench who together, he says, have created the winning mentality in the team.
“We have a very motivated side and the management has really done well do give the players what they need. We now aim at playing in the continentals and we believe it is possible.”
However, Omino described the month of September as the toughest singling out relegation threatened Nairobi City Stars as the team that proved hard nut to crack for them.
“The City Stars game was very tough because we underrated them we were surprised in between the game the results wasn’t going through and the results wasn’t going the way we wanted, but we pulled through and came up with the win,” He Omino added.
“We prepared to meet AFC Leopards, they had sent the messages and signals that they are going to upset us but the we believed that we prepared well and believed that every time we meet them we beat them and that really helped us. And even the fourth time is very possible to beat them.”