Thursday, 15 November 2012

Victor Wanyama nominated for SOYA awards

Victor Wanyama
By Fred Maingi
Scotland based  Celtic FC  and Harambee Stars midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyama has been nominated  for the annual Kenya Sports Personality of the year award.
   The Glasgow Celtics  anchorman is the only footballer in the  shortlist of seven that was
released by the Sportsman of the year  award(SOYA) panel on thursday morning at a Nairobi Hotel.
“Mugubi has been outstanding for his club ,Celtics both in the domestic league and also in the champions league. He has also been a tremendous  asset to the national team ,Harambee stars and has improved the profile of Kenyan football worldwide” said SOYA panel
chairperson Evelyn watta
Mugubi who did not join his compatriots for Wednesday’s international  friendly against Tanzania in which Kenya lost 1-0 has enjoyed a very successful year with    his Celtic’s side winning a league and cup double. More recently he scored  the vital first goal in his  clubs
euphoric 2-1 win over World club champions and Spanish giants  Barcelona in the group stages of the UEFA champions league
   Other leadingh Kenya sportsmen included  in the Soya Awards list include David  Rudisha-Olympic world and  800m record holder, Paralympian Abraham Tarbei,3000 m steeplechase Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi ,multiple  swimming medal winner Jason Dunford, double Olympic sliver medalist in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters and reigning sports personality of the  year  Vivian Cheruiyot and    Mary Keitany.
   Previously Mugubi’s elder brother McDonald Mariga was nominated  for  the top award in 2010 fro his role in his club inter Milan’s run to clinching a rare treble of European, Italian league and Italia cup.
     Other footballers who have prominently  featured in the past include   national soccer captain Dennis oliech as well as 2010 KPL footballer of the year George ‘Blackberry’ odhiambo.

     The SOYA  Ceremony  has been slated for the  6th December  at the prestigious Nairobi Safari park hotel with the deadlines for nominations  set for the end of this month

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