After missing out on the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) championships title in the final year of his three-year deal with Humble Lion, head coach Donovan Duckie says he is still eager to lift that title and is hoping to continue his work at the Clarendon-based club.Duckie’s team won the league title for the first time in its history after ending with 61 points from 33 games, but were removed from the running for the championships crown, after losing out to Arnett Gardens in the semi-finals.It’s a reality that doesn’t sit well with the tactician, who also called for a review of the current RSPL structure, which sees the league toppers on points receiving the league title and the winners of a top-six playoff being crowned the primary champions of the competition.Speaking on his future with the club, Duckie said: “It’s up to the chairman (Mike Henry), we had a three-year deal and I have now completed my three-year contract with the club so it’s for the board to meet and make an assessment of my performance over the three seasons and they would have to decide if they want to renew my contract or we part ways.”I would definitely be happy to stay at Effortville … I think we just have to be more patient, the club is still learning how to win and if you look at other clubs – Arnett Gardens are about 30 years old in the Premier League and have four titles,” said Duckie. “Humble Lion have done well in the three years that I have been there, the community has been good to me, the players – we have a good bond and I would be very happy to stay there.”In his three years at the club, Duckie has led them to three RSPL semi-finals and of course the league title this season – this after taking control of the team, while it was in the relegation zone.best defensive recordHumble Lion, as far as the league is concerned, ended with the best defensive record having conceded a mere 21 goals and were the second best offensive unit with 44 goals scored. They also had the joint least number of losses (6) and wins (17) in the 12 – team tournament.Still, the coach is hoping to add the big prize to his trophy cabinet in the near future.”Personally for me it’s (RSPL championship) a title that has been eluding me and definitely, it’s a title that I should have on my CV … it’s important for me to win but I am still a young man,” said Duckie.”I still have a lot of life left in coaching, I know I have to be patient, I will have more opportunities to win this title so it’s definitely one that I have a personal interest in winning,” he added.Nevertheless, the coach believes that organisers should reconsider the current format of the league and offer more reward to the team that tops that table on points at the end of the season.”A league has to be about the most consistent team over eight or nine months and we were the most consistent team. We are the winners of the league so we should be given the league title and even CFU berth or even a bye to the final of the knockout competition,” said Duckie. “We should have been crowned overall champions of the league.”
Former AFC Leopards tactician Ivan Minnaert was the first foreigner to win the accolade this year after bagging the March award.Gor started October with a 2-2 draw against Western Stima at Nyayo National Stadium before claiming the Mashemeji derby bragging rights following their 2-0 victory over bitter rivals AFC Leopards, and they then beat Mathare United 2-1 at home.‘Ze Maria’ was unanimously voted by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Football Commission to win the monthly award ahead of Tusker FC’s Paul Nkata and Sofapaka’s John Baraza.Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ taking selfie with some members of the team.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I’m happy to get this award but it’s for my players. They have played like champions in the past five matches and for that I dedicate the award to them,” ‘Ze Maria’ said after receiving the award on Tuesday at the team’s Camp Toyoyo training ground.The former Brazilian international said he will show Tusker they deserved to win the league for a fourth year in a row when the two sides clash on the final day of the season on November 19 at the Nyayo National Stadium.“We will give a guard of honour to Tusker but we will show them on the pitch that we are better. I feel sorry for my players for losing the title because of deducted points but we’ll start working for next year very early. I want us to start 2017 on a high so as to wrap the title early.”‘Ze Maria’ received Ksh 50,000 and a glittering trophy engraved with his name.Despite the good run in October, Gor could not dethrone Tusker FC from the top of the log, with the Brewers going ahead to win the 2016 Kenyan Premier title with a match to spare.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Zemaria’ Marcelo Ferreira receiving the October Coach of the Month Award. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Gor Mahia’s Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Marcelo has been named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for October.The 43-year-old has become the second foreign coach to win the award this season after collecting seven points for K’Ogalo last month.
1 PSV Eindhoven rejected a summer bid for Manchester United and Tottenham target Memphis Depay, the club have confirmed.Toon Gerbrands, the Dutch outfit’s general manager, announced the news yesterday at the presentation of the club’s annual results, although he would not disclose who made the bid.Both Manchester United and Tottenham were linked with Depay during last summer’s transfer window.The 20-year-old shot to fame after scoring two goals in the Netherlands’ run to the semi-finals of the World Cup and was named on the three-man shortlist for the Best Young Player of the tournament, losing out to eventual winner Paul Pogba.Gerbrands also confirmed yesterday that the bid rejected by PSV in the summer was in the region of £16m.The Dutch club are said to be unwilling to part with their prized asset, despite Premier League clubs continually expressing an interest in the winger. Memphis Depay