Waruru trades the gun for the boot at long last


Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru (L) celebrates scoring an equalizer against Gor Mahia FC with ...
(file)Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru (L) celebrates scoring an equalizer against Gor Mahia FC with teammate Omar Mbongi during their SportPesa Premier League match at Moi stadium in Kisumu on June 02, 2017. The match ended 2-2. Photo/Job Otieno/ www.sportpicha.com

At long last Ulinzi Stars hit man Stephen Waruru has had enough of the military life trading his gun for the boot.

The versatile attacker, Citizen Digital can confirm, has tendered his resignation from the Kenya Defence Forces, effectively ending his career as a soldier.

He becomes a civilian and will most likely embrace life as a full time professional athlete.

And with his exit, his coach at the military side, Benjamin Nyangweso, has bemoaned his exit saying that it will be difficult to replace  him as well as his former team mate, striker Samuel Onyango, who is  on the brink of sealing a deal to record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions, Gor Mahia.

The two attackers scored six and 11 goals respectively in the ended campaign and their exit leave a gaping hole at the club.

Stephen Waruru (R) receives his award from LG Electronics General Marketing Manager Moses Marji as former Royal Media Services Sports Editor Mutwiri Mutuota (C) watches on. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
(File)Stephen Waruru (R) receives his award from LG Electronics General Marketing Manager Moses Marji as former Royal Media Services Sports Editor Mutwiri Mutuota (C) watches on. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

“Sammy told me they are yet to finalize details of his move to Gor Mahia. For Waruru I can confirm that he has resigned from the military,” Nyangweso affirmed.

This is the second time the soldiers are losing a marquee talent after years of service in the disciplined forces.

Last term, top scorer John Mark Makwatta swapped the gun for the boot too, joining Zambian outfit Buildcon FC.

“Its resting time but we acknowledge that as a club it’s a huge gap that needs to be filled; we will have to replace them. If we find good players in the military that are good then fine but if not we’ll have to get a civilian,”Nyangweso said as he resigned to fate.

Ulinzi Stars FC coach Benjamin Nyangweso reacts after their SportPesa Premier League match against AFC Leopards SC at the Afraha stadium in Nakuru on October 14, 2016. The match ended 2-2. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com
(FILE)Ulinzi Stars FC coach Benjamin Nyangweso reacts after their SportPesa Premier League match against AFC Leopards SC at the Afraha stadium in Nakuru on October 14, 2016. The match ended 2-2. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

The 2010 Kenya Premier League champions finished seventh in the ended campaign, and the coach is already aiming for the title next season.

“This was a quite a good season but sometimes we were unlucky in some games where we conceded in the last minute .We will prepare a team that will fight for a title next season,” the veteran tactician told Citizen Digital .

Despite having finished seventh in the domestic league, the soldiers who represented Kenya in the 2017 East African Military Games Champions in Burundi successfully defended the soccer title, defeating Tanzania 1-0 in the  final.

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