Nyakeya Keen To Follow In Johanna's Footsteps

Mathare United winger Cliff Nyakeya looks to launch a counter attack during the Round 8 league match against Chemelil Sugar played at the Kenyatta Stadium on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Cliff Nyakeya believes the urge to emulate Kenyan international Eric Johanna has been a key contributor to his brilliant form in recent matches.

Nyakeya, who is in his third season at the club, scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar last Friday to take his tally for March to four goals in as many matches. His exploits have seen him emerge as a top contender for the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) March Player of the Month award.

IMG_0752.jpgMathare United's Cliff Nyakeya dribbles past Chemelil Sugar skipper Clifford Omondi during the Round 8 league match played at the Kenyatta Stadium on Friday, March 30, 2018. 

Just like Johanna, Nyakeya is finally showing signs of maturity in his third season at the club and he expressed admiration for the 2015 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Midfielder of the year.

“When I joined this club in 2016 Johanna was one of the best players in the team and I looked up to him for inspiration. He is a great player and I try to borrow a lot from what he used to do whenever I am on the pitch.

“I want to follow a similar path and hopefully I will also make it to Europe soon. That’s my dream,” said  Nyakeya.IMG_0850.jpgMathare United's Cliff Nyakeya carries teammate John Mwangi on his back as they celebrate his goal in the 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in the Round 8 league match played at the Kenyatta Stadium on Friday, March 30, 2018. 

Nyakeya’s returns in front of goal in March could easily be in the region of nine goals had he been more clinical. He admits it’s a gray area in his game that he is working on to be ranked among the best.

“I have scored wonderful goals because my anticipation has been good and also the hard work in training is paying off. There are situations where I feel I should have done better so it is something that concerns me and I have to work on it in training to get the angles better,” pointed out Nyakeya.

With four goals under his belt, Nyakeya has already surpassed his tally of three goals last season. An opportunity to extend his tally presents itself on Wednesday when Mathare United takes on struggling Nakumatt.