Brian Mathews named StarTimes/SJAK coach of the month for December 2022

Brian Mathews, the tactician of the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) men’s handball team, has been named the StarTimes/SJAK Coach of the Month for December 2022.

Mathews, who also serves as the head coach for the NCPB ladies team, led the millers to the East and Central Africa Club championship title after defeating Tanzanian champions Ngome 24-18 in the title-deciding match played in Zanzibar last month.

For his performance, Mathews was awarded KES100,000, a StarTimes 55-inch smart television set, and a personalized trophy thanks to the title sponsor, StarTimes Kenya.

While receiving the award at the NCPB headquarters, Mathews expressed his gratitude for the recognition and stated, “I understand I am only the second coach to win this award, and that only gives me more motivation to better the handball sport in the country. I gathered much experience while trading my skills in Denmark as a player, now it’s time for me to pass down the knowledge to the younger generation.”

StarTimes Kenya’s head of Public Relations, Alex Mwaura, praised Mathews for his achievement and also praised the award initiative, which aims to recognize excellence in coaching.

He said, “Every time we see a team register impressive results, there must be the coach at the helm of it all. This is the reason we have decided to focus on them in collaboration with SJAK. We are more than confident that this award will act as motivation to coaches in various sporting disciplines and as a result, we are likely to witness an improvement of teams’ performances in general.”

Mathews, a former Kenyan international player, made the decision to transition to coaching in 2020 after a long stint of club competition in the Danish handball federation leagues.

He narrowly beat out his counterpart, Jack Ochieng, who also led Nairobi Water queens to the ladies title in the women’s category of the same regional competition.

Other coaches who made it to the nomination list for their impressive performances in various assignments during December include Kenya’s Tong-IL Moo-do team head coach Master Ibrahim Mchumba, Meshack Senge of Strathmore Gladiators hockey team, Curtis Olago of KCB rugby team, KPA basketball coach Anthony Ojukwu and his counterpart Sadat Gaya who heads Thunder basketball team.

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