For promising midfielder Daniel Musamali, playing for the 1998 Kenyan Premier League champions AFC Leopards is a dream come true.
Born and raised in an environment where football is like a religion, Dante, as he is fondly known by his peers, realized his soccer gift when in Class Five in 2012 at Nzoia Industrial Primary School where he made a brave move and joined Nzoia Sportiff Football Club to sharpen his skills.
Sportiff is a grassroots football unit rooted deep in Bungoma County that acts as one of the feeder clubs for premier league side Nzoia Sugar FC.
After completing his primary school education in 2015, the prodigy later joined St Mary’s High School Kibabii in 2016 before leaving the institution in mid-2017 to join Rift Valley football secondary school football powerhouse St Anthony’s Kitale.
From there, Musamali was scouted by AFC Leopards under the tutelage of the then head coach Anthony (Modo) Kimani.
Musamali would later be loaned to Nzoia Sugar FC in the 2020/2021 season before Ingwe called him back to the Den to man the Patrick Aussems’ depleted midfield this season.
The soft spoken lad was on the score sheet on Sunday, December 19, as Leopards played to a 1-1 all draw with FC Talanta at the Nyayo National Stadium in a hotly contested FKF Premier League tie.
Commenting on the feeling on donning the the famous beautiful blue and white Leopards’ jersey , Musamali did not hide his joy, terming it as a dream come true to represent Ingwe in the country’s top flight football league.
“It has always been my dream to play at this level for such like a club,” Musamali shared. “Even though I’m not yet get where I want to be, it is a huge privilege to play for AFC Leopards. I now want to win trophies with this club. ”
AFC Leopards is grappling with grave setbacks owing to financial instability, a major factor that led to players’ mass exodus last season.
The club’s management was forced to turn their attention to the junior side and assembled a rather young team that head coach Aussems is burning the midnight oil to groom.
Ingwe is struggling to gain a firm grip in the league that has already gained momentum, placed 15th on the log with nine points in 10 outings, Musamali is still optimistic that much is still left to fight for in the campaign.
“It is still early, matches have not gone too far. We will be somewhere if we win our next seven fixtures, then push hard in the return leg,” said Musamali.
Commenting on Aussems’ coaching philosophy, Musamali revealed that he is enjoying life under the guidance of the Belgian tactician. ” He is a nice coach, very positive. ”
The 13-time champions are looking to build the team around a crop of young talents comprising Musamali, speedy winger Peter Thiong’o and captain Marvin Nabwire to help the club restore their lost glory