Betika National  Super League leaders Nairobi City Stars’ assistant captain Calvin Masawa has revealed he almost quit football in 2016 after relegation from the Kenyan Premier League.

Simba wa Nairobi were relegated from the top tier after managing to get just 19 points from the 30 games played, alongside Ushuru FC who had seven points more.

It was at this point that the full-back explains how it felt like and why he felt like quitting.

“In football relegation is always a player’s lowest moment and it wasn’t different with me. Since I started playing professional football, I only knew one level and that was Kenyan Premier League,” the defender told the club’s website.

“I was so devastated by the relegation and even thought of quitting football because I couldn’t imagine playing in the lower tier. But later on, through encouragement, I decided to go down with the team knowing that one day we will be back to the top tier.”

After several failed attempts, the team finally looks set to get back to the top tier this season. 

The Betika Super National  League league is currently on a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the defender believes his team will eventually make it to the top once it resumes.

“It has been hard actually playing in the lower leagues but we have been pushing each season knowing that at the end we will go back where we rightfully belong and that’s the Kenyan Premier League.

“Many times they do say that numbers don’t lie and indeed our numbers this season in points, goals and position justify that so I believe we are going up.”

Stars are on 64 points after 26 league matches.

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