Crowning moment unexpectedly arrived for Gor Mahia’s unsung hero Ernest Wendo when he was belatedly declared the May Sportpesa Player of the Month. He consequently bagged the coveted 49 LG television in addition to Sh100,000 awarded to recipients of the gong.
The midfield battering ram’s exploits that month saw him trounce other contenders by three points in a vote conducted by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) football commission.
Set against veteran Tusker custodian Duncan Ochieng and prolific scorers Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt and Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru, Wendo polled 23 with Ochieng following closely on 20 while Aswani and Waruru garnered 19 and 18 respectively.
Ochieng made it to the nominees list by keeping four clean sheets between the sticks for Tusker in that month while Waruru, winner of April gong scored thrice for the soldiers. Aswani on the other hand netted five times for Nakumatt including two match winners.
Wendo helped Kogalo keep three clean sheets in crucial victories over rivals AFC Leopards, Nzoia Sugar and Chemelil Sugar. Gor also drew with Thika United and Posta Rangers in May. His virtuoso performance saw him break into the national team from whence he has curved a niche, albeit on the bench.
“I’m so happy to be recognized after working so hard to be where I am. Playing at Gor Mahia makes one steely and the coaches and teammates demand for better performance every game. I have to work hard and maintain the levels that won me this award and hopefully help my team win silverware.” An elated Wendo said
Wendo’s exploits have seen Gor Mahia surge to league leadership with a healthy buffer of nine points. Coach Dylan Kerr is focused on leading the team to its 16th title and refuses to get carried away by the lead over Sofapaka.
“It is always about wining the next game and that is all I’m preparing my players for. We have three big matches beginning with Tusker this weekend and I have to tune them to only concentrate on one at a time else complacency may set in.” Kerr said