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Kenyans ascending overseas.

2020 was a pain in the hind assets of every football fans across the globe. We had to endure months and months of everything but a football, be it local or international, it was a short year that felt like an aeon.

However, with the changes in date’s figures comes a glimmer of hope, particularly for fanatics of this great game. Normalcy is slowly crawling back and some sweaty activities are becoming a normal observation within our stadia. Local leagues are underway with much excitements and surprises, fan-clubs and barazas are engaging with supremacy debates once again and, more so, athletes are finally making an end meet after what felt to them like an eternity of hell.

Similarly, our boys overseas are declaring their advents in their ways. From the sandy dunes of the Arabian empires where the “engineer” is looking to be crowned to the snowy-scapes of her royal majesty the queen, where more prospects are morphing from their ca coons, we take a look to the top three Kenyan footballers who have been making the news this year.

MICHAEL “ENGINEER” OLUNGA TO AL DUHAIL

Michael Olunga receives his golden boot during an award gala in Japan late last year.

It must have been a minute ago when we were celebrating his award-winning performances when he bagged the golden boot in Japan’s J-League, having scored 28 goals throughout the campaign. He, alongside three other strikers from various leagues across the globe, was honourably mentioned by FIFA as breakout stars of 2020.

Olunga with the match-ball, celebrates with teammate, Afif, after bagging a hattrick, his first of many.

With so much buzz around him, it came as no surprise when clubs around Europe came after him. He eventually chose Arab’s Al Duhail and made an immediate impact after he scored a wonderful hat-trick on his third appearance when they mauled Al Ahli Doha in a 6-0 carnage.

We hope this is just the start of another dominant season for the Engineer in this new chapter and us, we can’t be too excited for him.

  1. TYLER ONYANGO, EVERTON FC
Tyler celebrates during an U23s league in Liverpool, England.

Another highly-rated prospect we can’t wait to see donning the Kenyan jersey is the 17-year-old Tyler, who plays for the Mersey side, Everton. He has been a regular for the under 17s and u23 and was recently promoted by the head coach Carlo Ancelotti. He then made his debut when Everton saw-off Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Lurton born midfielder has been with the club since the age of 9years and has since made 5 appearances for the Three Lions U23s. His skills, creativity and match awareness is finally paying off.

We do hope that the Harambee Stars technical bench is closely monitoring him, for it would be a shame should we lose another talent early, as we did Kamau and Origi to the Socceroos and Belgians Red Devils respectively.

  1. HENRY OCHIENG SIGNS FOR WATFORD
Henry debuts for Watford. He currently trains with the U23s.

He is another England-born Kenyan international that has been playing for the Irish League side, Cork City, before joining Championship side Watford, albeit on a loan till the season’s end.

The highly-rated midfield prospect is a midfield anchor and has shown a great knack of ball-winning and forward play. He is very combatant hence Hornets are going to benefit tremendously with his tenacity.

Despite not having a single minute to his name for the nation’s senior side, he is a household name with the Starlets. The 22years old’s first callup was in 2017 although the match against Sierra Leone was eventually cancelled. We wish him all the best in his new campaign.

Any other player you feel has been delightful so far this year? Leave us a comment below!

Eriq Forsky

Forsky is a a photogwriter. A passionate word artist and in-house photographer at Tsavo Media Group. A laid back story teller, of people's lives, societal issues and he equally pen's viewpoints base on his personal life.

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