“Naona ni kama career yangu inapotea hapa. Mtu wowote aneza nisaidia niende hosi ni rejelee futa” Kelvin Kanyago pleading for medical assistance for surgery on his torn knee ligament
Kelvin Kanyago, 18 years old is a frustrated talented footballer whose teams and football fraternity has neglected and left to despair. Kelvin is affiliated and has contributed to the success of two major teams; Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks. The two teams in Kenya are pivotal and strong in administrating for football in Kenya.
Bob Munro is the founder Mathare United while Nicholas ‘Nick’ Mwendwa is the CEO Kariobangi Sharks and the current FKF (Football Kenya Federation) president. So why these two main personalities and teams would let such a young vibrant talent despair while they sit on positions associated with the success of football and footballers’ welfare begs answers and raises concerns of neglect
Kelvin suffered an injury; torn ligament in knee while in form 2 playing for his school in a match against Ruaraka high school. He requires urgent surgery or he forgets about football. This predicament at a prime age of 18 years must kill your hopes especially if teams you played for, helped to win and perform well are silent, have ignored and neglected you. That is the fate of Kelvin Kanyago in Huruma estate in Nairobi
Football is his passion and to him and other footballers in these areas, football is the only way to a bright future out of the slums. “With or without shoes we played to save our lives and in 2011 while at MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association) I received a call up for trials to go play at the under 13 Norway cup” He narrates
A humble Kelvin can boast of his goal scoring record even in major international tournaments. He was instrumental in MYSA boys under 13 winning the 39th Norway Cup in Oslo in 2011. Kelvin scored the winning goal plus a total of 21 goals in the tournament. Consistently he again led his team MYSA to a 4-1 win over Dutch side Woundenberg, Kanyago scoring a brace in the Under 15 tournament in Norway
Locally he participated in tournaments topping scores helping his team ASEC Huruma win
Soon he caught the attention of premier league teams in search of a top striker, with Kariobangi Sharks netting him with a 3 year contract.
His dream to play top level soccer and realize playing for the Kenya national side Harambee stars now hangs on the successful surgery. Never the less he is still active and noble, using his football skills to empower Huruma football community by mentoring and coaching children