Kipyegon wins Fans’ Player of the Month Award
Published on: August 12, 2021 11:56 (EAT)
AFC Leopards defender Isaac Kipyegon is the first winner of the Fans’ Player of the Month Award, for the month of July. Just a few months after coming into his new role as club captain, Kipyegon got the award after guiding the club through a tumultuous July where Ingwe only beat Bandari, drew with Nzoia Sugar and lost to both Tusker and Western Stima. Leopards also suffered a blow when they lost in the FKF Cup final against arch-rivals K’Ogalo in the month. Kipyegon has thanked the fans for voting for him and dedicated the award to his teammates. “Without my teammates, this would not have come true. They are my biggest motivation but I am also grateful to the fans for making it possible,” said Kipyegon. On his part, Coach Patrick Aussems who recently extended his contract with Ingwe, thanked Leopards’ shirt sponsors for the initiative, saying it is a morale booster for his players. “The players now have something extra to work for. They see this and everyone wants to put in extra gear and that lifts the entire squad,” said the Belgian tactician. While presenting the award at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Victor Sudi, Kenya Acting CEO of the online betting firm sponsoring Leopards, encouraged Ingwe to work hard for the remainder of the season and finish the season on a high note. “I can see we are left with three tough fixtures but I know you are even tougher. We are here to support you to ensure the club puts a good fight to the end,” said Sudi. Leopards are fifth on the Kenyan Premier League log behind leaders Tusker, KCB Bandari and Nairobi City Stars.