- Former Gor Mahia Skipper Harun Shakava has revealed that patience handed him the armband when Musa Mohamed decided to leave the Premier League (KPL) giants in 2018.
Shakava was handed the armband after Musa Mohamed left to join KF Tirana of Albania, the defender has revealed why he was chosen over the other players.
“I joined Gor Mahia when I was just 19 years in 2014 under Bob Williamson. Patience at Gor Mahia made me captain because a number of players came and went,” Shakava revealed.
“I was pushing hard and I knew my time was coming although things were tough. I played more than 300 games for Gor Mahia and maintaining fitness at that level was not a joke,” he continued.
Shakava also revealed that pressure defines the life of any player at K’Ogalo and that he pushed hard despite the situation in the Kenyan football.
He explains how participation in continental matches molded them into who they are.
“Before I was even made the captain, you have to understand that all games for Gor Mahia come with incredible pressure.
“The pressure from fans makes it even harder unlike in other teams where there is less pressure from fans,” he explained.
“If you look at the level of Caf football and compare it with our local football, of course, there is a whole difference. If one plays in Caf for three or four seasons, he would develop a strong mentality in football.
“That is what made a lot of Gor Mahia players grow and that is why they played with incredible confidence when facing Kenyan rivals,” Nkana FC defender said.
Meanwhile, Nkana defender credits Gor Mahia for giving him the stage to showcase his abilities and went ahead to explain the difference between the Kenyan league and the Zambian one.
“The Zambian football is above the Kenyan competition but in management, state of pitches, many teams have sponsors and enjoy a considerable number of fans but not in talent-wise.
“There is also great speed involved in Zambian football more than it is in Kenya and the league is also more physical,” Shakava explained.