Kinnarath collects conference MVP award


Brandon University Bobcats Media Release

BRANDON – Aziza Kinnarath has been recognized by the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference following a fabulous futsal season.

The Bobcats’ star is the co-winner of the league’s MVP award along with Julika Kehler of the Providence Pilots.

“I am honoured to earn this award and to be co-recipient for MVP among all the student-athletes is a big achievement,” said Kinnarath. “I am grateful to my teammates as I have enjoyed playing with them.”

Kinnarath was one of BU’s top offensive weapons during the regular season as she scored a team-leading 10 goals and seven assists. She served as captain of the Bobcats, who finished in fourth-place with a record of 4-4-and-2.

“She has been really great this season and we are all proud of Aziza,” said coach Rainer Schira. “Futsal gives her the chance to shine and the small indoor field shows her technical skills, view of the game and passing ability. When she beats her defender and can score from distance it is really good to see.”

Meanwhile, the Bobcats are off to the MCAC Final Four tournament at Providence College this weekend in search of more hardware.

BU will take on the top-ranked Red River Rebels in one semifinal at noon on Saturday, while the other semifinal has the CMU Blazers battling the host Pilots. The women’s final is 2 p.m. on Sunday.

If the Bobcats can bring home the futsal title, they will complete a double-double after capturing their first-ever women’s soccer championship in October.

“We need to find that intensity again. We need to find a way for every player to realize that they need to give their best. If they can step up, we have a good chance of winning this championship,” added Schira. “Big games are always important and big games are always great to win. It would be awesome to win both titles.”