Sony Sugar tactician Salim Babu has been crowned SJAK/Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for May after reversing the dwindling fortunes of 2006 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions.
In a vote conducted by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya football commission, Babu narrowly beat Gor Mahia’s Brazilian import Marcelo Ferreira (Ze Maria) and Tuskers Paul Nkata to lift the May diadem. He polled 17, just two ahead of Ze Maria who got 15 points while Nkata was a distant third with eight points.
Babu becomes the fourth winner of the gong since inception in February. Mathare United’s Francis Kimanzi won the inaugural award proceeded by Ivan Minnaert of AFC Leopards and Posta Rangers’ Zedekiah Otieno.
Sony Sugar started the month wallowing in second spot from bottom of the league but finished in position nine after notching three victories and one draw. The millers beat City Stars and Thika United at their Awendo Green stadium then collected four points playing away with victory over rock bottom Sofapaka and a precious draw against league leaders Tusker.
The elated tactician who replaced Leonard Odipo in mid-April believes his side can post better showings in the second half of the season after going through a rough first leg.
“We are all happy for this award as it is due to a joint effort by everyone from the playing unit, technical bench and the management. Personally it is a great motivator in my job and I it will make me strive to get better results after the slow start we’ve had this season.” Said Babu
“We expect to perform better in the second leg and finish strongly. One or two additions could help the team but we’ll work with most of the current squad since we believe in them.” Added the coach when quizzed if he intends to drastically overhaul the team.