- As he nears the end of his career with seven-time Kenya Cup champions KCB, Curtis Lilako, captain, believes that he has all it takes to keep steering the bankers for Three to Five More Years.
The 30-year-old pro has won four Kenya Cup titles (including three in a row from 2017), four Enterprise Cup titles, seven Elgon Cup titles, two Africa Cup titles, and even captained Kenya Simbas last year in their match against Zambia.
“You can just see he’s a competitor, Lilako loves to compete and win trophies, no matter what sport and level it is. He would even be competitive in a game of cards,” KCB head coach Curtis Olago said.
One-man one club, Lilako, who joined KCB as a rookie from high school in 2009, is in the middle of his 11th season with the bankers and doesn’t seem ready to stop any time soon. Despite clocking 30 years last week, he believes he still has some energy left in the tank to push him through the next three to five years.
He made his debut for KCB during the 2009 IRB Junior World Rugby tournament and from then on, the Kenya Cup journey with the bankers started.
Lilako owes his success to Michael ‘Tank’ Otieno for being instrumental to his growth.
“Tank believed in my ability as a player, despite being quite small, at 84kg. At the time, I was a good tackler, which I guess was what got me to play. Furthermore, my playing journey was shaped by the likes of Derrick Wamalwa, Edwin Alubaka, Arthur Shikwe, Andrew Amonde, Curtis Olago, and Peter Mutai, among other big names at KCB,” he said.
“Being a pro and finishing as a top scorer was just phenomenal. I never saw that coming and it made me hungry for more titles,” Lilako said.
He went on to guide KCB to three unprecedented Kenya Cup titles between 2017 and 2019 and he was confident of a fourth one this year, were it not for the coronavirus pandemic that led to the cancellation of the 2019-2020 Kenya Cup season.
“Having a culture based on family, accountability among the playing unit and hard work has been the key to our recent success,” Lilako who is a fraud analyst at KCB Bank concluded.