Sofapaka FC head coach Sam Ssimbwa has labeled his naming as the 2017 Kenyan Coach Of The Year as an ideal Christmas present for him which has given him the motivation to continue giving his best.
Ssimbwa emerged victorious in the coaching category in the Sports Journalists of Kenya (SJAK) Gala awards ceremony that were held on Monday December 18, 2017 at the National Museums of Kenya. He beat stiff competition from Kariobangi Sharks tactician William Muluya, who came in second after leading his side to a third place finish in their maiden topflight season. Mike Mururi of Kakamega Homeboy settled for the third position.
“Honestly being declared the SPL 2017 coach was one of the best things to have happened to me in my coaching career. It’s an ideal Christmas gift which gives me the drive to continue giving my best but first of all I must give kudos to all and sundry at Sofapaka for supporting me towards this success,” said Ssimbwa.
The Ugandan international is on his second stint at Sofapaka and really created an impact at the club, elevating them to a second place finish in 2017 compared to the previous year where they were third from bottom and survived relegation by a whisker. The club has also shown serious ambitions of fighting Gor Mahia for the title next season by completing big signings in the name of Stephen Waruru (from Ulinzi Stars) and Kepha Aswani (from Nakumatt).