Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo follows proceedings in the game against Wazito on Sunday 16th September, 2018. He has been nominated for the KPL Coach of the Year award for 2018
The list of nominees for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Awards is out and Ulinzi Stars will have four members of the team contesting for the awards amongst other nominees cutting across the other 17 teams that took part in the league in the past season.
Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo is among the contenders for the Coach of the Year Award, making it to the list on his first ever season as coach in the premier league and guiding the team to a fourth place finish, an improvement by three places from the team’s finish in 2017.
The Don, who also oversaw individual improvement of most of the players in the team, will be up against experienced heads, including Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr and former Ulinzi Stars coach Robert Matano, who is currently at Tusker.
Bernard Mwalala of Bandari FC and Sofapaka FC’s John Baraza are the other nominees.
Team Manager Christopher Ouma is also among the nominees for the awards. Ouma took over the role from club legend Stephen Ocholla in April and while he was diligent in his roles at the team and towards the player, he also did a splendid job being the linkman between the team and the outside stakeholders.
Ouma will contest for the award alongside Dick Francis of Kariobangi Sharks, Vincent Okello of Mathare United, Emmanuel Geno of Sony Sugar and Lazarus Yogo of Zoo FC.
In the playing unit, left back Oliver Ruto, who has been a mainstay in the team under The Don, has been nominated for the Defender of the Year Award. Ruto scored thrice in the season, against AFC Leopards, Chemelil Sugar and Vihiga United, and also managed to rack up a number of assists.
He will be up against Bandari FC’s Felly Mulumba, Titus Achesa of Posta Rangers, and Gor Mahia duo of Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango.
The most outstanding player in the season at Ulinzi Stars, Elvis Nandwa, has also been nominated. He will be up for the Midfielder of the Year Award. 2018 was Nandwa’s best season in his career; the former Mathare United midfielder scored 12 goals and managed six assists. He was called up to the national team for the trip to India for the Intercontinental Cup but a hitch with his documentation denied him a chance to debut for Harambee Stars.
Nandwa, who was also instrumental in the SportPesa Shield, improved from his 2017 tally of two goals, to score 13 in 2018 (one in the Shield competition). He will be contesting for the award against Zoo FC’s Mike Madoya, AFC Leopards duo of Whyvone Isuza and Marvin Nabwire and Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya.
The awards are set for October 25th.