Having recorded 100% victories in November, Nkata, alongside Posta Rangers stand-in coach Pascal Ochieng and Sofapaka’s miracle worker John Baraza were the three listed for November gong.
The Ugandan then prevailed owing to his outstanding victories over two of Kenya’s most successful clubs AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, both dispatched by a solitary goal. While victory over AFC Leopards ensured Tusker landed their 11th league crown by garnering unassailable points, their season ending victory over Gor Mahia removed any doubts to lingering questions over who was best between the two.
Baraza, making a second successive appearance in the Coach of the Month shortlist, conjured a final day drubbing of Thika United to keep Sofapaka in the premier league but was pegged back by Mathare United in a feisty two-all draw at the begining of November, hence narrowing his chances of prevailing over Nkata and Ochieng.
Ochieng, tending Posta Rangers on interim capacity, collected three points in Awendo when his gallant mailers piped Sony Sugar 1-2 then sealed Ushuru’s demotion from the league with a Carvin Odongo inspired 3-1 rout.
Nkata polled 22 to Baraza’s 14 and Ochieng’s 9 to claim the Sh50000 prize money that comes with the gong. He joins Francis Kimanzi (Mathare United), Zedekiah Otieno (Posta Rangers), Ivan Minnaert (AFC Leopards), Salim Babu (Sony Sugar), Henry Omino (Western Stima), Francis Baraza (Chemelil Sugar) and Marcelo Ferreira of Gor Mahia in the list of eminent recipients of the Fidelity gong.
The ecstatic former Muhoroni Youth and City Stars coach leads his Sportpesa Premier league conquerors to three friendly matches in his homeland before breaking for festive period. He’s looking forward to another phenomenal year at the helm of Tusker with objectives of making an impact on the CAF Champions League.
“I’m happy to be finally recognized. It means much to me but it’s also as a result of joint efforts from the technical bench, management and playing unit. It is a sign of the good work we have done and we want to keep working hard to make Tusker more successful.” Nkata said while receiving the award at the team’s training grounds
“Next year we’ll have very tough assignments in the champions league so we’ll have a short break over festive season then embark on preparations for 2017. One or two additions are necessary in the squad but don’t expect very drastic changes.” he added