I Thank Gor Mahia For Moulding My Career, Says Musa Mohammed

I Thank Gor Mahia For Moulding My  Career, Says Musa Mohammed 1

Harambee Stars center back Musa Mohammed says he owes his success as a professional player to the vast experience he consolidated while featuring for Gor Mahia in the Kenyan Premier League.

Mohammed, who currently features for Nkana Red Devils in the Zambian Super League (ZSL) believes that the competitive nature of the Kenyan league gives participants the appropriate technical and tactical skills necessary to thrive in any foreign league.

Mohammed played for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions for ten years, nine of which he was their captain.

He admits that the club’s huge and fanatical following propelled him to further heights, with pressure ever piling on him, first as a player and then as the captain.

“Gor Mahia is a big team with a huge number of fans who are always pushing you to perform better day by day. If you have played for Gor Mahia you can play for any club anywhere,” he said.

Mohammed however was quick to point the difference in management styles for the two clubs pointing out that Nkana are run in a more professional manner where player’s welfare takes precedent.

“The fact is, it is much better playing here in Zambia. The club officials treat players well and everything that you have agreed on, a player is given. In other words, everything is run and managed in a professional manner compared to at Gor Mahia.”

Mohammed says that settling in Zambia was easy given the high number of Kenyan players he found already plying their trade for clubs in the ZSL.

“It was easy for me. Before travelling to Zambia, I had been in touch with a number of Kenyan players and they gave me advice on what to expect. By the time I got there, it was easy to settle in quickly.”

He was part of the Harambee Stars squad that stamped their authority on the continent by securing a slot in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that was held in Egypt. He attributes their splendid outing to good preparations the team underwent prior to the tournament, which included pitching a high level training camp in France.

“It has left me with a desire to want to go back to the competition next time. The planning for all the matches were excellent and standing toe to toe with established players in the tournament was a big plus for most of us.”

He is proud to have been drafted in the Afcon squad, adding that being part of the successful journey was a defining moment for him as it came with a hefty perk that made him invest in some projects.

“I have never received such kind of money while playing for Harambee Stars. It has never happened before and it remains such a big motivation for us to want to go back to the tournament.

“The money helped me to establish myself in many areas and also to complete some projects I had started. My wish is that we can continue to manage our affairs in such a professional manner as it benefits everyone.”

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