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Bandari’s Mbungo bags coach of the month gong

By Cecil Odongo September 14th, 2021 2 min read

Bandari coach Casa Mbung’o and striker Johana Mwita have been named Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League Best Coach and Player for the Month of August 2021, respectively.

Mwita who joined the team in 2019 from defunct Sony Sugar scored four goals and offered one assist as the Rwandan tactician led the Coastal side to four wins in five matches.

Bandari beat champions Tusker 2-1 on August 4 at Mbaraki Stadium followed by a win of similar margin a way to Kakamega Homeboyz at Bukhungu stadium on August 18.

The dockers then thumped 2008 champions Mathare United 3-0 at home on August 14 before playing out to a 2-2 barren draw against Sofapaka at Wundanyi stadium four days later.

They then beat money bags Wazito 2-0 at Thika Sub County Stadium in the last game of the season on August 22.

Mwita scored a goal each in the wins against Tusker, Kakamega Homeboyz, Mathare United, and Wazito. He also had an assist in the second goal against Mathare United.

Both Mbung’o and Johana walked away with Sh50,000 each and a personalized trophy courtesy of the competition organisers.

Mwita becomes the eighth player to win the award after former AFC Leopards forward Elvis Rupia (now with Bisha FC of Saudi Arabia), former Tusker forward Henry Meja (now with AIK of Sweden), Bandari’s William Wadri, Nairobi City’s Stars Kelvin Opiyo, Kakamega Homeboyz forward David Odhiambo, KCB’s Derrick Otanga and former Kakamega Homeboyz midfielder Shami Kibwana (now with Tusker).

The players won the award in December, January, February, March, May, June, and July respectively. The league was not played in April as sports activities were suspended as part of the measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.

On the other hand, Mbung’o has now won the award twice after also bagging it in January. Other tacticians who have been the recipients of the award are KCB’s Zedekiah Otieno who won the award in December, Wazito’s Francis Kimanzi who bagged it in February while Stanley Okumbi of Posta Ranger emerged the winner in March.

Former Gor Mahia Portuguese tactician Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto who has since left the club won the accolade in May while Tusker coach Robert Matano won in June. Former Kakamega Homeboyz tactician Nicholas Muyoti won it in the month of July.