- The Kenyan international and former Kariobangi Sharks Duke Abuya has revealed he enjoys his new role in the midfield after the former defender was turned to at midfielder at Nkana FC, Zambia.
Abuya signed for the Zambian club Nkana FC on a two-year deal in January 2020 from Kariobangi Sharks but has been turned to a midfielder to partner along his fellow Kenyan Duncan Otieno.
He also revealed he enjoys the new role which has seen him score one goal for his side and become a regular starter in the Zambian league.
“I’m really enjoying my new role in the team,” Abuya revealed.
“The transition from the number ten attacking role to a provider has not been difficult for me. That’s an added advantage to me because I can do both of them. I was more than relieved to open my goal account at Nkana because I had endured a long goal drought in the Kenyan Premier League,” he explained.
Abuya also revealed that his main aim is to cement his place in the team.
“The national team is not like a club; this is a place that you must take your chances whenever given because the competition is too high.
“But if you don’t grab it with both hands, you will live to regret. Migne (Sebastian) told me he was impressed with my debut performance against Tanzania and immediately when he left, Kimanzi (Francis) called me up in the team. That means I’m heading in the right direction.” he continued.
He further reveals that it was his dreamt of playing outside Kenya
“The move happened so fast and the positive thing is that I adapted to everything there very quickly. I just feel like I’m living my dream every day but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be complacent here,” Abuya explained
He praised Kenyan players in Nkana; Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, and Otieno for helping him to adapt down at Nkana quickly.
“They gave me a warm welcome and oriented me to the club. They taught me the ropes of what it takes to be a professional player. But I’m more grateful to Duncan for making things easier for me. I have really had fun in the seven matches we have played together in midfield,” Abuya concluded.