Benson Omala Is the Youngest Player to Ever Win the LG Player of the Month Award

Seventeen year-old striker Benson Omala became the youngest player to ever win the LG Player of the Month Award when he was crowned the best of December 2019.

The form four student was peerless in the Kenyan Premier League in December as he scored five goals to compel SJAK Football Commission to a unanimous decision of granting him the award. Among the many firsts he pulled in December, Omala become the first Western Stima player to ever score a hat trick in a league match.

In winning the player of the month award he became just the third player from Western Stima to do so in the award’s six year-history. Others before him were Kenneth Muguna in 2015 and Wesley Kemboi in 2016. “I’d love to thank my coach for believing and nurturing me and I’m glad I repaid their faith by showing my brilliance and scoring goals which is a striker’s primary target,” the confident KCSE candidate said

“I’d like to score more goals if a iget game time and be among the top scorers. My ambitions are to play for the national team. I already scored two goals for the Under 20 national team in CECAFA and I’m glad I was called up in the senior team despite not making the final cut. I want to tell Kimanzi that he will see more of me,” Omala remarked

“If you are in class read like you will never play football and if you are in a football pitch play like you’ll never be in class. My target short term is to play two or three year in the local league then go to Europe,” he added

His coach Andrew Aroka lauded Western Stima for believing in Omala and giving him the chance to play in the big league. “I’ve handled a lot of you players but very few compare to this boy. They have been good in their own right but Omala is just a complete striker with very huge potential,”

Omala was in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom All Star team that went to Spain last year after emerging top scorer in the Nyanza regional duels. He hopes to get more play time with Western Stima but school schedule have come before football for him.

Kisumu Day High School Principal Daniel Mwaturo urged him not to sacrifice either academics or football career at the altar of another. “Talent and good brains are God given and each of them should be nurtured. The boy only trains with the school team and only plays Western Stima’s home games except during holidays. He can really do wonders when fully dedicated to training with the team and playing all games. But I’m glad he is also doing well in academics and could get the myriad scholarships abroad,” said the Principal

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