KCB talismanic forward Derrick Otanga has been named June Betking Premier League (BPL) player of the month after seeing off competition from three other contestants.

Otanga was instrumental in KCB’s unbeaten run in June where the Bankers won three and drew one of their four league games, narrowly missing out on the CAF Champions League slot that went to league leaders Tusker.

During the month, KCB picked a total of ten points from a possible twelve with Otanga solely earning his side six by scoring two winning goals. He opened the month with the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Bidco United at Thika Stadium on June 16 and three days later he scored as KCB registered another 1-0 win over Mathare United at Ruaraka Grounds. By the end of the month, KCB was just a point behind the Brewers.

The former Wazito and Sony Sugar man’s good run with the Zedekiah Otieno led team saw him beat two of his teammates; Nashon Alembi and Joseph Okoth to the award; the pair came in second and third respectively. The other nominee was in-form Gor Mahia keeper Gad Mathews.

The award comes with Ksh. 50,000 cash reward courtesy of Betking Premier League and a personalized trophy. The winners of the monthly awards are selected by a panel of sports journalists.

Otanga becomes the sixth recipient of the award after Elvis Rupia, Henry Meja, William Wadri, Kelvin Opiyo, and David Odhiambo who were feted in December, January, February, March, and May respectively.

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