Janet Okelo was crowned athlete of the year at the 2019 Magharibi Michezo Awards gala ceremony held at The Tourist Hotel in Bungoma County on Monday 23 December 2019.
The Kenyan international who plays her club rugby for Stanbic Mwamba has been an integral part of the Lionesses, as the Kenyan women’s rugby national team is popularly referred. She has consistently turned in strong, match winning performances for the Lionesses and played a key role in the team’s qualification for the rugby sevens tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This was second of two awards on the night for Okelo who had earlier been crowned the 2019 Magharibi Women’s Rugby Player of The Year.
Vihiga Queens prodigy Jentrix Shikangwa, the star of the Harambee Starlets 2-0 victory over Tanzania in last month’s CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup final also bagged two awards on the night, taking home the Magharibi Most Promising Player Award in addition to being crowned the Women’s Footballer of The Year. Former Harambee Stars striker Allan Wanga, now plying his trade at Kakamega Homeboyz won the Men’s Footballer of The Year Award.
Blazers youngster Eleanor Chebet crowned a memorable debut season that saw her earn a call up to the Kenya Women’s Hockey team that played at the Olympic qualifiers in South Africa when she took home the Women’s Hockey Player of The Year.
Another youngster claiming an accolade at the Magharibi Awards was Menengai Oilers’ center Austine Sikutwa who lifted the Men’s Rugby Player of The Year.
Braxides Agala and Bonfentry Mukekhe claimed the women’s and men’s volleyball honors as Ulinzi captain John Washika and KPA’s Hilda Indasi were feted as the men and women basketball players of the year respectively.
Full list of winners
SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
BOYS- Friends School Kamusinga (East Africa Champions Hockey)
GIRL – Moi Girls High School Kamusinga (East Africa Champions Handball)
MOST PROMISING PLAYER – Jentrix Shikangwa (Wiyeta, Vihiga Queens & Harambee Starlets)
MEN- Jackson Juma Maloba (Strathmore)
WOMEN- Gladys Ayitso Chilo (Nairobi Water Queens)
TEAM OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR – Alex Alumira (Vihiga Queens)
MEN- Chris Wokila (Green Sharks)
WOMEN – Eleanor Chebet (Blazers)
MEN- Austine Sikutwa (Menengai Oilers)
WOMEN – Janet Okelo (Stanbic Mwamba & Kenya Lionesses)
MEN -John Washika (Ulinzi Warriors)
WOMEN – Hilda Indasi (KPA)
WOMEN – Jentrix Shikangwa (Vihiga Queens & Harambee Starlets)
MEN – Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz)
MEN – Bonfentry Mukekhe (GSU)
WOMEN – Braxides Agala
*Bokoli Youth Sports Association
COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR – Jonfranko Omukoko
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR – Khwisero Sports Academy
MAGHARIBI MICHEZO AWARDS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Janet Okello (Stanbic Mwamba & Kenya Lionesses)