Kimanzi named SJAK Coach of the Month for January

Mathare United tactician Francis Kimanzi has been named the winner of SJAK Coach of the Month Award for January.

It is the third time the former Harambee Stars coach is winning the award after bagging the award in March 2016 and 2017.

Kimanzi claimed the accolade ahead Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala and Gor Mahia’s Hassan Oktay.

Kimanzi led Mathare United to an unbeaten streak in the month of January, winning four of their six league matches, and drawing two.

The former champions scored 11goals in January and remained top of the table going into the month of February.

They currently sit third in the league with 26 points from 14 games,2 adrift of leaders Bandari and face AFC Leopards on Saturday at Machakos stadium.

Meanwhile, Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey FC landed in Nairobi Monday evening ready to face Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia in the CAF, Confederations Cup group ‘D’ match at the Kasarani Stadium this Sunday.

KO’galo are placed second in the group with three points same as Petro Atletico with Zamalek SC placed last with only a point.

Na Hussein Dey currently tops the group with four points after recording a win and a draw in their first two group games against Angola’s Petro Atletico and Zamalek SC of Egypt, respectively.

The West Africa Club who are currently placed eighth on the 16-team Algerian top-flight league says they might struggle with the weather conditions in Kenya but they are confident of recording a positive result.

Elsewhere, The Confederation of African Football dismissed the Gambia Football Federation’s appeal over the eligibility of Togo defender Adewale Oloufade and upheld the original decision of its disciplinary board.

CAF, had dismissed the Gambia’s first protest which claimed the player, is Nigerian and does not meet the necessary criteria to play for Togo.

Olufade played for Togo as they drew 1-1 with The Gambia on 12th October in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The 24-year-old Olufade has played club football in both Togo and Cameroon and made his international debut for Togo in a 0-0 draw with Benin in September.

The Gambia are bottom of Group ‘D’ of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with Togo just above them thanks on goal difference both on five points, two adrift of second-placed Benin.

Algeria have already qualified from the group.

In the final round of Nations Cup qualifier in March, Benin host Togo while The Gambia travel to face Algeria.


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