Rwandan striker Meddie Kagere was on Monday 18 December named the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 Kenya Football League season by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Year awards gala.
The former Rwanda international beat his team mate George Odhiambo and Kariobangi Sharks and Kenyan international forward Masud Juma to the award with the two coming second and third in the category.
It was a welcome recognition for the striker who netted 13 goals in the season as he helped Gor Mahia to the 16th league trophy and in his remarks afterwards he credited his team for the joint effort in him winning the award.
“I’m excited and feel challenged at the same time for this award but I will be unfair to say it was my sole effort that won me this. I want to laud my team mates and the entire management for the motivation and the chance to be here today,” he said.
“To me it’s a great achievement, I am happy for this award. I received prize because of a number of reasons, first is that I never received a yellow card in the first round which means discipline is a key.” He noted
He also added that the goals that he scored against Ulinzi and Tusker led his side to the trophy as well as the assists made during the season.
In the 2017 campaign, Gor won their 16th Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title, winning it with a 19 – point gap ahead of second placed Sofapaka who managed 55 points.
Under his leadership, the Kenyan champions won 22 of the 34 matches played, drawing eight and losing four. The team conceded the joint least number of goals, at 22 – same with Atudo’s team, Posta Rangers.
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