Ronaldinho to join Kenyan legends in exhibition match


Barcelona's Ronaldinho celebrates his goal against Betis during their Spanish first division soccer match at ...
Barcelona's Ronaldinho celebrates his goal against Betis during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Albert Gea QUALITY REPEAT

In Summary

  • Footballing icon Ronaldinho will play in an exhibition match alongside Kenyan football legends against the 2009 local champions Sofapaka FC at KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka on Sunday
  • The Kenyan Legends team will be handled by former Harambee Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and will feature Mahmoud Abass, Dennis Oliech and 1987 Africa Cup Winners’ Cup winning captain Austin Oduor

Footballing icon Ronaldinho will play in an exhibition match alongside Kenyan football legends against the 2009 local champions Sofapaka FC at KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka on Sunday.

The Kenyan Legends team will be handled by former Harambee Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and will feature Mahmoud Abass, Dennis Oliech and 1987 Africa Cup Winners’ Cup winning captain Austin Oduor.

Other players include former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno, Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga and former AFC Leopards and Stars goalkeeper Matthew Ottamax.

Ronaldinho, who won the FIFA World Cup with Brazil in 2002, will be in the country for a three-day visit to promote grassroots football.

Sofapaka captain Stephen Waruru is looking forward to sharing the pitch with the double FIFA World Player of The Year, who is regarded as one of the most skillful player to have ever played the game, lighting up European football for many years  always with a smile on his face.

“The Brazilian has retired after an extraordinary career but his wonderful talent will be remembered for ever. And playing against him will change our history,” said Waruru.

The striker believes that playing against the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner  will give him the feel and impression of playing in the World Cup despite the country never having qualified for the football fiesta.

“Watching Ronaldinho was fun, it made people happy and playing against him will be inspirational. His visit will inspire upcoming footballers and allow them to dream big,” said Waruru adding that his teammates are also excited at being accorded that rare opportunity.

Sofapaka finished fifth in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League and reached the final of FKF Cup against Kariobangi Sharks.

The club founded in 2004 participated in the 2010 CAF Champions League and have also taken part in the CAF Confederation Cup three times.

 

Kenya Legends Team:

  1. Mathew Ottamax
  2. Josiah Ougo
  3. Tom Juma
  4. Simeone Mulama
  5. Ramadhan Balala
  6. Francis Oduor
  7. Titus Mulama
  8. Allan Wanga
  9. Maurice Sunguti
  10. Edward Karanja
  11. Dennis Oliech
  12. Victor Onyango
  13. Mahmoud Abbas
  14. Austin Oduor
  15. Musa Otieno
  16. Henry Motego

Henry Motego – Kisii

Ramadhan Balala – Kakamega

Allan Wanga – Kakamega

Coach – Jacob Ghost Mulee

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