The awards which will endeavor to reward leading lights, mentors and upcoming sports talent from Western Kenya was launched at Clarion Hotel in Nairobi and graced by Noah Wanyama, the father of Southampton and Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.
Speaking during the launch, MMA Chairman Michael Kwambo recognized the contribution of the region on Kenya’s sporting arena saying, “Over the years Western Kenya has been the cradle of Kenyan sports. Year after year the region has churned out several sporting heroes that have represented the country across all sports spectrum.”
The awards will recognize outstanding talents in the fields of volleyball, rugby, hockey handball, basketball and football, among others.
The first edition of the awards will be held at the Mashariki Afrika Sports Leadership School in Bungoma County on Friday 20 December 2013. Future events will see interested counties within what can be clustered as West Kenya bid for hosting rights. It is envisaged that the MMAs will grow to include other counties such as Kisumu, Siaya, Kisii, Kericho, Trans- Nzoia which are in the vicinity and when clustered with these four can be loosely referred to as West Kenya.
During the launch, MMA received a shot in the arm from Victor Wanyama who contributed Ksh 50,000 which was presented by his father, Wanyama, a former AFC Leopards and Kenya legend.
Speaking at the event, the senior Wanyama said, "I am very proud of this initiative geared towards recognizing the sports talent from this part of the world. This is a very noble initiative and I call upon more well wishers and sponsors to come on board and ensure that this event grows to have a permanent place on the Kenyan sporting calendar."
Supersport also came to the aid of the inaugural awards, donating PVR decoders which will be given to some of the top performers. Others who chipped in include Nairobi lawyer Edwin Sifuna, CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye and leading football match official Nasur Doka.
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