Harambee Stars ace emulates Juan Mata to inspire Dandora youth

Kenya midfielder Johanna Omollo (left) fights for the ball with Algeria midfielder Ismail Bennacer during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO | KHALED DESOUKI |

What you need to know:

  • Omollo, a father of two who plays and resides in Belgium, was born in Dandora and raised there, and is one of the very few youth who have shunned crime
  • He and 130 other players are members of “Common Goal”, a charitable movement that was launched with the support of Spanish footballer Juan Mata
  • The 30-year-old has been capped 17 times for the national team, has scored four goals for the senior team and appeared for seven teams in Belgium

On April 29 2018, Kenya international Johanna Omollo, or his handlers, sent out a communique informing the media that he had launched a football academy in the sprawling Dandora slums in Nairobi.

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