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Rwanda and Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge has been crowned the Kenyan Premier League player of the month for June.

The 27-year-old, who scored goals in the month, brushed aside his compatriot Francis Kahata to bag the gong which comes with Kshs 100,000 prize money and 49’ LG TV.

He also won his teammates Kshs 50,000. The former Police FC striker dedicated the award to them.

“I’m so happy to have been recognized with this award. I have for a long time hoped to win it and it is great to finally get it.

I dedicate it to my teammates who helped me achieve it. I can’t score without their input and they have really been great.

Actually the team Gor Mahia functions because we are a unit. We play as a team and that is why we are this strong,” Tuyisenge, whose name means “let’s pray” said.

The Rwanda’s Amavubi forward netted a brace against Nzoia Sugar and a goal each against Wazito FC, Ulinzi Stars, Rangers and the winner versus Sony Sugar to cap the month.

Tuyisenge hopes to track the absent Elvis Rupia’s goal count and clinch the golden boot this year. He was a runner up for the gong last year and is the leading contender after Rupia’s departure to Zambia.

“I can win the golden boot this year. As a striker whenever I leave a football pitch without scoring it hurts me so I want keep scoring and exceed the current leader who is not playing here anymore.”

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Tuyisenge, who had a slow start to the season was shouldered with the responsibility of taking over the scoring mantle from Meddie Kagere, now at Simba, did not disappoint and his five goals clearly showed that he has what it takes to help the 16 time Kenya champions to retaining the Sportpesa Premier League crown.

Gor Mahia collected maximum points over Wazito FC, Nzoia Sugar, Ulinzi Stars, Posta Rangers and SoNy Sugar. They are now 12 points clear on the log and are still active in the CAF Confederation Cup and the Sportpesa FKF Shield Tournament.

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