Prolific AFC Leopards striker John
Makwata has claimed the SJAK/LG Player of the Month Award for August/September.
Makwata has been the face of Ingwe’s revival and trounced team mate Benjamin
Ochan and Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna to claim the gong.
With just four matches played over the
period Makwata helped himself to three match winning goals that swayed fourteen
votes his way. Muguna on the other hand scored twice and created two assists when
K’Ogalo thrashed Tusker in the opening day of the season.
His efforts fell short of Makwata’s vote
haul by the lowest integer. Gor Mahia only played twice in the league leaving
Muguna and the club’s other nominee Boniface Omondi disadvantaged. The third
finalist Ochan played a key role in Ingwe keeping three clean sheets. The
Ugandan goalkeeper made crucial saves that propped him in the running for the
season’s first accolade.
With the burden of scoring at the
national team rested on Michael Olunga, Makwata hopes to make his return to
Harambee Stars and relieve the lanky Kashiwa Reysol striker some burden.
“My target is to score more goals and hopefully reach twenty or even
surpass come end of the season. I also want to make a comeback to the national
team and help out because i know i can. With my current form i can do so
much,” he said
Makwata, a previous recipient of the gong
while shooting for Ulinzi Stars took home a 49 inch television set courtesy of
LG. The monetary incentive previously enjoyed by winners is lacking since the
withdrawal of Sportpesa as title sponsor.
SJAK is in the process of looking for
alternative sponsorship to take up the financial bit and restore the award to
its original make up. Previously, winners would pocket Sh100000 with the rest
of the squad sharing a similar amount.
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