- Paul Were, the Greece third-tier side Egalao’s winger, had been a free agent since leaving the Leopards Den. His landmark moment was during the 2010 KPL season where he stood out as Tusker FC’s most sensational striker.
The former AFC Leopards winger has always been on the move. He featured for Kalloni, Acharnaikos, Kalamata, and Trikala in Greece and has been a constant figure in the national team set up.
The 26-year old winger recently returned to Greece, this was his fourth stint, and he is finally ready to make a name for himself in Europe. He reflects on the challenges and mistakes he has made along the path.
“I might have made some wrong moves in my career but that is how life is – you make mistakes but the most important thing is to pick the lessons going forward,” said Were.
“At some point I also got injuries and that affected my progress. Also, the change of coaches in most of these clubs before I settled down really affected my career. For instance, at Amazulu in South Africa it took long before I got my work permit and just when I was all good to go the coach was sacked,” he added
“The new coach obviously did not understand why I had featured in the past matches and that affected my chances. Agents also play a very big role in a player’s career and I haven’t been lucky to get high profile agents and that also explains it.” Were explained.
He honors his mentors; former Gor Mahia winger Ibrahim Kitawi, Kevin “Ade” Omondi, Patrick Oboya, and Musa Mohammed. They made him from the ground up.
“We all grew up in the same area and they started playing professional football ahead of me. That really inspired me and looking back I am happy with the progress I have made,” said Were.
“I am hoping to get back to action but at the moment we are training from home and trying as much as possible to stay safe. I had a very hard time before coming back to Greece so I am very willing to give it my all this time and hopefully scale up and get noticed by a big club. I haven’t given up yet,” he concluded.