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Ugandan Kasumba begs Kenya for citizenship

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SEEKING DIVINE INTERVENTION: Sofapaka FC striker Kasumba Umaru pray after the match during their SporPesa ...
SEEKING DIVINE INTERVENTION: Sofapaka FC striker Kasumba Umaru pray after the match during their SporPesa Premier League match against Kariobangi sharks FC at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on September 16, 2017. The match ended 0-0. Photo/Sportpicha.

Sofapaka’s free scoring striker Umar Kasumba has expressed his desire to switch nationalities and turn out for Kenya’s Harambee Stars.

The Ugandan has taken the Kenyan Premier League by storm after arriving from Sports Club Villa putting himself in the contention for the Golden Boot award with 11 goals, despite arriving in the league in June this year.

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And now, the likeable character has come out to confess his love for Kenya, his second home, insisting that he would gladly don Harambee Stars colours if granted a chance.

“If I get an opportunity (to play for Kenya) I am willing to do anything because I didn’t play for the Uganda national team. I only played for the youth teams meaning that I am still capable of changing my citizenship and playing for any national side,” said Kasumba.

Kasumba Umaru of Sofapaka FC celebrate scoring against Chemelil sugar FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Narok stadium on September 10, 2017.Sofapaka won 4-1. Phot/Sportpicha.
Kasumba Umaru of Sofapaka FC celebrate scoring against Chemelil sugar FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Narok stadium on September 10, 2017.Sofapaka won 4-1. Phot/Sportpicha.

And with  11 goals from the 12 matches he has so far played,his  averaging a goal in every match, which is an impressive return.

His impressive record l has attracted rave reviews  but the soft spoken attacker maintains that hard work is the driving force behind his goal repertoire.

“I trust in God. I also work hard every day and I will continue doing so because I want to achieve more,” he said, adding:“The Kenyan league is not easy. In fact it is more competitive than Uganda.”

The lanky forward joined Batoto ba Mungu alongside 12 other players in the mid- season mass recruitment that changed the team’s fortunes.

Sofapaka FC forward Umaru kasumba leaps into the air bring the ball under control during their Premier League match against Thika United FC at Thika Municipal stadium in Thika on July 15, 2017. The match ended in a barren draw. Photo/Sportpicha.

Last term, they were flirting with relegation but the new blood has injected an aura of belief in the club.

Though a league title is a tall order with Gor Mahia already having one hand on the trophy, Sofapaka can look back with pride as they are likely to claim runners up slot in the league.

The remaining matches are games of monumental proportion, and Kasumba being the goal poacher he is, will definitely look forward to this.

Should he make good his desire and change his citizenship he will follow in the footsteps of striker Bob Mugalia who shifted his allegiance from Congo to Kenya and went on to play for the national team, Haramee Stars, under coach Jacob ‘Ghost Mulee.

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