James Magayi @PeopleSports11
Zoo FC tactician Sammy Okoth has been crowned Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for April.
Okoth won a unanimous vote having garnered most points in the Kenyan Premier League in April when he guided the Kericho-based team to victories over Posta Rangers, Tusker and Kakamega Homeboyz.
Zoo also got points of AFC Leopards with whom they drew 2-2 as well as Bandari FC. The club’s only blemish in April was a loss to debutants Wazito.
The fine run in April helped the club climb out of relegation zone and the team, which is only playing its second season in top flight, is now dreaming of a top 10 finish.
Despite their monetary challenges, Zoo gave a good account of themselves and Okoth believes his charges are capable of playing better should conditions improve at the Green stadium.
“We really started badly this season but somewhere along the way, the players stepped up and we moved out of danger.
I never imagined that such a performance could be rewarded as everything we did was for the team to get to a better position, without the award in mind,” said Okoth.
“I have never won an award before in my life despite being in football for many years. I’m therefore very excited to get this one. I hope this will motivate the team to continue playing with passion so that we achieve our season’s target which is a top 10 finish,” he added.