NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – Free scoring Tusker FC forward Timothy Otieno has been belatedly named the LG/Sports Journalists Of Kenya Association (SJAK) player of the month for November, beating Ulinzi Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa and Sofapaka’s Brian Nyakan to the crown.
Otieno hit the back of the net five times in November to stand out among the final three shortlisted for the crown to become just the third player to won the crown more than once. He last won it during his time at Posta Rangers four years ago.
“I knew the award was not far off because of the kind of run the team has had and credit to my teammates for helping me get this recognition,” an elated Otieno said during his crowning moment at the team’s training grounds in Ruaraka.
Otieno whose target for the first half of KPL was to score ten goals helped himself to half the number in November alone breaching Nzoia Sugar twice then getting on the score sheet each time he came up against KCB, Western Stima and his old club Posta Rangers.
He now wants to score at least eight more goals in the remaining 16 league games to hit a target set at the beginning of the season.
“That month got me called up to the national team and I want to keep scoring to maintain my stay with Harambee Stars and help Kenya achieve something special,” said Otieno who performance forced the national team selectors to call him up for the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge staged in Kampala, Uganda last year.
“I also aspire to lay my hands on the golden boot. It has been my dream and I’ve tried to win it in the past but it looks feasible this season with the entire team firing on all cylinders. They can really help me win it,” Otieno offered.