For Michael Madoya, the winner of last year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Player of the Year award, coming from a family of footballers has inspired his rise.
Madoya, 26, is the secon-last born in a family of five.
His two elder brothers, Hudson Muhako and Wycliffe Changilwa, have played for different KPL sides.
Muhati was until 2016 a Western Stima player before he hung up his boots and now works for Kenya Power, the sponsors of Stima.
Changilwa on the other hand played for Brooke-Bond, Oserian and Nzoia Sugar and is currently retired.
And that is not all, Madoya’s other brother Vincent Mmata is currently a Zoo Kericho player.
Father was footballer
His father Ibrahim Muganda played for the defunct Brooke-Bond as well as Eldoret KCC.
Madoya believes his recognition is a repayment to his elder siblings for the inspiration they instilled in him while growing up.
“My brothers no doubt inspired me a lot and this achievement says it all and hopefully it can make up for whatever disappointment they may have had with their football careers and inspire a belief in them that it was worth it,” said Madoya.
The former Litein High School student was also named the KPL Player of the Month for June and July last season and believes this contributed to inspiring the remainder of his season.
Chairman praises player
“Winning the awards twice in a row was a big motivation and it shaped my performance from then on,” said the native of Vihiga County.
Zoo Kericho chairman Ken Ochieng’ said the player deserves this award due to his high level of discipline.
“His discipline is amazing and this win will inspire the rest of the players to work even harder.
“As a team, it has also helped to put us on the football map and hopefully we can do better next season,” he said.
Ochieng also thanked Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony for the support offered to the team.
The Kericho Governor was among the dignitaries who attended Friday’s award ceremony.
Chepkwony also chairs the sports committee at the Council of Governors (COG). [Gilbert Wandera]