Former Harambee Stars U20 defender William Mutuku is very optimistic his engagement with National Super League [NSL] side Shabana FC will be positive and career opener.
The 21 year old currently training with Kisii based side while awaiting for official football session with the team next season hailed club coach Robert Ojienda for creating positive atmosphere for the playing unit.
“It’s been a few weeks since I arrived at this club and so far so good.I can’t say am the same person since getting here.I hope under coach ‘Dutchmaster’ there will be huge improvement in my personal career.Even though ain’t officially signed the coach has been so professional to me and am enjoying every bit” he said.
Mutuku who attended an invitation for football trials in 2018 by Swedish side IK Brage is relishing the prospects of playing competitive football for a team which enjoys rich history in Kenya.
The youngster who was in 2017 among the lucky Kenyan youth to be part of a week-long training camp in Nairobi organized by renowned Southampton coaching stars following a partnership between gaming firm SportPesa and Premier league side has further encouraged upcoming footballers to take up the sport seriously.
“Football is not easy. To play at the highest level, you have to sometimes sacrifice a lot of time and emotion to succeed. For us to make it to the top, the backstory would not miss a lot of hardwork, sacrifice, pain and struggle. Our seniors such as Musa Otieno,Wanyama,Olunga have set the bar high and all we have to do is to emulate on them and serve our country better” he added.
Shabana was boosted over the weekend when it was handed a walkover after Kisumu Hotstars FC failed to show up for a league match that was slated for Saturday 3 June 2021 at the Narok Stadium.
Habari za jioni 👋 vijana wetu walifika uwanjani tayari kusaka pointi tatu ila wapinzani hawakutokea, tunangoja mawasiliano kamili kukota Shirikisho la kandanda FKF, Kulingana na Sheria tumetia pointi tatu na magoli mawili kibindoni.#ToreBobe#ToreMorero pic.twitter.com/bkkABd7U5C
— Shabana Fc Kenya (@Shabanafckenya) July 3, 2021
With Kisumu Hotstars a no-show, the match officials were left with no option but to award the team three points and two goals.
The free points meant Shabana have comfortably registered their eleventh win of the season which puts them in fourth place with 41 points after playing 26 matches.
The team featured in the Kenyan Premier League until 2006 when they were relegated to the National Super League and later to lowly Division One League.
Lack of finances has been cited as the problem that has adversely affected the once great team that sent shivers of fear down many a spine of
top clubs in the country.