Nyakeya eyes titles with Mathare

Cliff Nyakeya poses with the Midfielder of the year Award at the Kenya School of Government on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

After winning the Midfielder of the year accolade, Cliff Nyakeya is keen on winning titles at the club.

When he made his debut for Mathare United on July 9 two years ago, he was largely an unknown player.

Replacing Edward Seda at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Nyakeya began his journey at Mathare United in the second leg match against Western Stima.

His debut had arrived just one month after joining from Gor Mahia Youth. It was a reprieve for the youngster after trying out unsuccessfully with Sony Sugar and Chemelil Sugar.

In his first season he had seven appearances; one being a start against Tusker.

This stands in stark contrast with his achievements this season, 14 goals and ten assists in 34 matches, that saw him win the Midfielder of the year accolade.

“I am very happy. It’s so fulfilling to have something to show for the hard work you have put in all season. This award is for the team, the coach and the playing unit have been very supportive and I couldn’t achieve this without them,” said Nyakeya.

For a player who made 23 appearances last season with a measly return of 3 goals, improvement has been a hallmark in his career. As he prepares for his fourth season at Mathare United, Nyakeya now wants to add silverware to his achievements.

“We have a very good team and for the last two years we have gathered enough experience to compete with the top teams. I always want to improve every season and it is high time we step our effort as a team and contest for trophies,” offered Nyakeya.