Harambee Stars Striker Allan Wanga Set To Retire From Football To Focus On County Job

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  • Former Harambee Stars Striker Allan Wanga is set to retire from competitive football and focus on his new role in the Kakamega County Government.
  • The lethal striker who plies his trade with western based Kakamega Homeboyz has had a colorful career, spanning over 15 years.
  • Wanga who was capped 44 times and managed to score 22 goals for Kenya, will now focus on his career as a Sports Officer at the Kakamega County Government.

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Former Harambee Stars Striker Allan Wanga is set to retire from competitive football and focus on his new role in the Kakamega County Government.

The lethal striker who plies his trade with western based Kakamega Homeboyz has had a colorful career, spanning over 15 years.

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“I have done my best in the last 13 years or more in top flight football and I think it is time to vacate the scene for the young generation,” said Wanga.

The 36-year-old forward, was a journeyman of sorts having turned out for various clubs internationally.

His first port of call being Angola, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Sudan and Tanzania.

Locally, he played for Lolwe FC, Tusker FC, AFC Leopards and Sofapaka.

Wanga who was capped 44 times and managed to score 22 goals for Kenya, will now focus on his career as a Sports Officer at the Kakamega County Government.

This comes barely 2 years after he had retired from international football where he cited the need to concentrate on his job at the county and club duties with Kakamega Homeboyz.

The decision took his colleagues and coaching staff by surprise as they still wanted him to play for the Kakamega based club for another season.

“Coach Nicholas Muyoti and most of the players were in pain to accept that I will no longer be with them at the end of the season. They still believe I was energetic enough to play for one season,” said Wanga

“I have done my best in the last 13 years or more in top-flight football and I think it is time for me to vacate the scene for young generation.

“I have achieved what any footballer would desire to achieve in his career. Apart from playing football overseas, I have featured for the national team Harambee Stars for 12 years which I feel it is a big achievement,” the 35-year-old forward added.

Wanga further thanked the FKF Premier League club, adding he will miss football, the club and their fans.

“Homeboyz is my second home… I have had a very nice time with the club since joining them. Everybody here from the technical bench, players and fans are too good to deal with. I will miss them dearly,” he said.

According to Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula, the celebrated star has left a memorable mark and Kenyan football in general.

“Strikers like Allan Wanga are hard to come by, it will  be a tough act to replace him but we wish him well,” said coach Muyoti.

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