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Gor, KCB RFC among nominees for coveted Safaricom Awards

After reclaiming the SportPesa Premier League title from Tusker FC, Gor Mahia has been shortlisted for the 2017 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) in the Sports Team category.

Gor, who won the league with four matches to spare, will battle it out with the KCB Rugby team, the Kenya Under-19 Cricket team, Kenya Police Hockey team and Strathmore University Handball team in the men’s Sports Team of the Year.

K’Ogalo were also victorious at the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup where they beat bitter rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 to lift the trophy in Dar es salaam, Tanzania and book a date with English Premier League side Everton in an international friendly match that they lost 2-1.

For KCB Rugby Club, they had a successful season after winning all the three major rugby 15s titles; Kenya Cup, regional Enterprise Cup and Impala Floodlit under coach Curtis Olago.

They claimed their fifth Kenya Cup victory after beating champions Kabras Sugar 36-8 in the final before claiming their sixth Enterprise Cup title when they rallied from behind 0-10 to silence Kabras Sugar 27-23.

The Bankers went for their fifth Impala Floodlit title, beating Impala Saracens 18-17 in the final. KCB also produced the highest number of players (13) to the Kenya Simbas team that won the Elgon Cup and finished second in Rugby Africa Gold Cup besides taking part in Hong Kong Cup of Nations.

Another contender is the national Under-19 Cricket team that qualified for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup set for January 2018 in New Zealand.

Their historic qualification put Kenya a once cricketing powerhouse but now struggling to reclaim its lost glory in matters cricket to the world map once again. The qualification also marked the beginning of Kenya’s journey to recovery after years of poor performance internationally.

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