• Wanga scores a first in Kenyan Football with publication of Biography

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  • Prime Minister Raila Odinga receives a copy of the Allan Wanga's Biography titled striking high during Thursday's launch.(Photo:Courtesy)Prime Minister Raila Odinga receives a copy of the Allan Wanga's Biography titled striking high during Thursday's launch.(Photo:Courtesy)
Mar 30, 2012-

When a prolific striker goes about scoring goals on the football pitch, it is just another day in office.But when a football player pick a pen and paper to document his thoughts, now that’s quite a different ball game.

But that’s exactly what the red-hot AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars striker, Allan Wanga, has achieved becoming the first Kenyan footballer to publish a memoir.

Titled Striking It High (A Story of Resilience, Football and Pursuing The Dream), the mini-biography authored by Standard newspaper's Gilbert Wandera, tells the story of Wanga’s humble beginnings, his early life and his football career that has seen him globetrotting the world.

Befittingly, Prime Minister, Raila Odinga (Kenya’s football fan per excellence) was the guest of honour during a colourful launch on Thursday night at a Nairobi hotel.

“This has been a long journey, but I thank God that the book is finally out. It is my hope that this book will inspire the youth to achieve their dream”, said Wanga who was accompanied by his wife Brenda Mulinya-Wanga a broadcast journalist during the launch.

The Prime Minister, who is well known for his love for football, lauded Wanga’s achievement as a big statement on the power of focus dedication and discipline.

“I am here to express my pride at Wanga’s achievement despite his tender age. I want to remind him that he only needs to stay on this path, and the future will offer numerous opportunities”, Raila said.

The Premier heaped lavish praise on the striker for scoring Kenya’s winning goal against Togo in a recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Togo while at the same time challenging him to score more goals for Kenya in upcoming encounters.

The author, Wandera termed the book’s launch a major milestone in Kenyan football.

“Football, as is evident from Wanga’s biography, is a decent career that can fully sustain someone. I would like challenge my fellow sports journalist to take the cue from and write more books on the lives of our local sporting heroes”, he said.

The 81-page book, is written in simple language and retraces Wanga’s early life to his present celebrity status.

His parents, Francis and Noel Wetende, former teachers and his coach at Tusker Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee are variously quoted in different chapters of the book.

The function was attended by Leopards’ chairman Alex Ole Magelo, coach Jan Koops and a good number of the team’s playing unit.

 

Nesta Kizito

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