Mikael Doka wins A-League April Player of the Month

Mikael Doka has made it a hat-trick of individual awards in just over a week, after his fabulous debut A-League season continued throughout April.

By his own admission, it took the then 23-year-old time to settle in after moving to Australia but he feels at home now and his form has shown that, an incredible return of 14 G/A in his last 17 games in all competitions has seen him deservedly enter the conversation when it comes to A-Leagues’ signing of the season.

In the Player of the Month voting, Doka comfortably beat his fellow nominees including teammate Max Balard, who went on to win April’s Young Player of the Month award, which makes him a Young Footballer of the Year award alongside teammate Jacob Farrell and the likes of Nestory Irankunda.

Doka’s POTM win ends a six-month streak of Wellington Phoenix winners, the Nix faithful have consistently backed their men in the voting this season but there was no denying this one to our brilliant Brazilian.

It has been a sensational second half of the season for Doka and no more so than the last two weeks, as the team have lifted two trophies in the A-League Premiers Plate and the AFC Cup, Doka has just collected his third individual award in little over a week.

A spree of individual awards began last Monday at the 2024 Mariners Medal Dinner, Doka picking up the Mariners’ ALM Newcomer of the Year award, alongside ALW winner Peta Trimis.

Then on Monday morning, amidst AFC Cup Final celebrations in Oman, Doka was announced as the Tournament’s MVP, i.e the AFC Cup Player of the Tournament after crucial contributions in our run to the final, including four goals and two assists in the knockout stages.

No player scored more than Doka in the competition’s knockout stages, whilst his fellow Brazilian and former teammate Marco Tulio’s EIGHT group stage goals for the Mariners earned him the Tournament’s Golden Boot.

Capping off a fine hat-trick of individual awards for Doka in the space of just over a week, is the April Player of the Month award.

Doka played every single minute in April as the team stormed to the Premiers Plate with five wins from five, with his personal highlight being that late goal against Wellington. What’s that? You want to see it again? Sure, here’s a different angle.

The Brazilian ended the month and the season with assists in the final three games, including two wonderful set-piece deliveries against Newcastle and Adelaide.

Doka joins Football Manager Mark Jackson as an A-Leagues April award winner, as the gaffer won the vote for a FIFTH month in a row after guiding the team to the Premiers Plate whilst juggling a two-legged tie and travel delays and much more, in Kyrgyzstan.