From a young lad with a shaggy unkempt hair like yours truly a couple of months ago to, still a young lad but with a Mohawk and the world at his feet, Innocent Wafula’s star continues to glitter, far brighter than his international future, or lack thereof, does.
Signed from Chemelil Sugar at the beginning of the season, the Ugandan-born winger has been one of the best youngsters in the just concluded 2015 league season. Consistent, nimble-footed, nippy, ambidextrous, patient, a quick learner and versatile, he rose from being just a bit part player who came off the bench to help Kogalo see off matches they had already won, to a mainstay in the title-winning team that went the whole season unbeaten.
Stroke of luck
An unexpected dip in form by Ali Abondo during the infant stages of the second half of the season was the little hole in the door he needed to work his way into the house. He got a couple of starts under his belt, and never looked back.
And so as Kogalo stood stall at the dais to receive a third consecutive title, Wafula was there, his small frame sometimes being blocked by stockier teammates.
But he could be seen.
For he had just won his first major medal, the best there is this side of the world.
With a shirt bellowing the words ‘3-peat’ hugging his chest and a winners’ medal wrapped around his neck and hanging loose down to his belly, Wafula and everyone else who has followed Kogalo’s unprecedented match this season, must have felt he deserved to be standing next to the likes of Michael Olunga, the club’s topscorer, Boniface Oluoch, the golden glove winner, Musa Mohammed and Jerim Onyango, the captains, the unsung heroes, head coach Frank Nuttall, his Six-Million Dollar assistant Bobby Ogolla, among others.
The celebrations, as expected, extended beyond the on-pitch razzmatazz, something that Wafula confirmed with a dressing room photo of him clutching the 12kg-heavy new trophy which he captioned: “2015 has been the greatest year in my football career so far. Thanks to everyone who made it possible; the office,tb (technical bench),my fellow players, my family and to our Fans..Yes, I’m a CHAMPION….THE UNBEATEN CHAMPION.”
You must love reading that if you are a Kogalo fan, almost as much if you are a neutral.
Given the latest controversies that have threatened to put a bug on his well-oiled clockwork, the strength in character that he has shown are the stuff that differentiate youngsters with potential like he is currently to world beaters that he seems destined to should he put his feet on the ground.
Oh, and get a Kenyan passport.
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