Kenya Cup defending champions KCB and the Kenya Lionesses are among the team of the year nominees for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year awards in the men and women categories respectively.
KCB under the tutelage of seasoned tactician Curtis Olago had a fruitful year which saw them clinch a treble;the Kenya Cup,Enterprise Cup and most recently the Impala Floodlit tournament.
Enroute being crowned,Kenya Cup champions,the bankers saw off bitter rivals Kabras RFC in the final staged at the Ruaraka Sports Club before brushing the same side away in the Enterprise Cup final at RFUEA grounds.
They would then seal their treble with a well deserved Impala Floodlit title which they had lost to Impala in 2016.
At Floodies,the Ruaraka based side claimed the scalps of Kisii in the quarters and Homeboyz in the semis before narrowly edging out hosts Impala Saracens with an 18-17 scoreline in the final.
For the mens sport team of the year award,KCB will face competition from Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia,Kenya U-19 cricket team,Kenya Police hockey team and Strathmore universities handball side.
Another rugby side,the Kenya Lionesses is also in contention for the team of the year in the female category having earned qualification to the 2018 commonwealth games by virtue of finishing second at the Africa Cup held in Morocco in September.
Coached by Mwamba RFC gaffer Kevin Wambua,the Lionesses were on their way to making history by qualifying for the sevens World Cup only to be stopped by South Africa in the final.
The 2017 Sports Personality of the Year awards will be held in January at a Nairobi location.
Men’s Team of the Year
KCB RFC (Rugby)
Gor Mahia FC (Football)
Kenya U-19 cricket
Kenya Police (Hockey)
Strathmore University (Handball)
Women’s Team of the Year
Kenya Lionesses (Rugby 7s)
Women’s national cricket squad
Kenya Prisons (Volleyball)
Kenya Pipeline (Volleyball)
Telkom Orange (Hockey)
Malkia strikers (Women’s national volleyball team)