Why Kiongera is irritated by 'old man' jibe

New Sofapaka striker Paul Kiongera.

Photo credit: Pool | Sofapaka FC

What you need to know:

  • Sofapaka coach John Baraza said the presence of Kiongera will help reinforce the team's attack and add experience to his squad.
  • “We signed him because of his speed and experience. However, his addition adds a lot of competition among our strikers all who are good,” he said.

New Sofapaka striker Paul ‘Modo’ Kiongera says his age and playing for six Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs in a span of eight season should not be used to reach a conclusion that he is a spent force in football.

On Monday, the diminutive striker joined Batoto ba Mungu on a two-year contract and he was among the 12 players dismissed by moneybags Wazito two months ago. The Kenyan international had a five month stint at Wazito, featuring in only three games where he bagged two goals in a game against Zoo Kericho.

He has in the past eight seasons also turned out for KCB, record KPL champions Gor Mahia, 13 time champions AFC Leopards, Tanzania giants Simba SC and Kilani Athletic, which participates in the Irish League.  

“Those castigating me for moving from one club to another should know that as a footballer I have to seek playing time in any team I am joining. You don’t expect me to stay in a team where I am being benched the whole season,” he told Nation Sport on Tuesday.

“Why are people castigating me that I am old yet I'm only 30 years? My focus is now on winning titles with Sofapaka and not listening to what people say. I am ready for the new challenge,” he added.

Kiongera says at Sofapaka he will do the job on the pitch so as to earn a call up from national team coach Francis Kimanzi.

“All is not lost and I still believe I can earn a call up and play for Harambee Stars. My main setback has been multiple injuries, but it is my hope that I will rediscover my form and get back on my feet,” he added.

One of his finest moments is when he bagged 13 KPL goals while playing for KCB in the 2012/13 season, and he says he aspires to be the league top scorer next season. He relishes his partnership with the experienced and ever green forward Kepha Aswani and Brian Nyakan next season.

Sofapaka coach John Baraza said the presence of Kiongera will help reinforce the team's attack and add experience to his squad.

“We signed him because of his speed and experience. However, his addition adds a lot of competition among our strikers all who are good,” he said.

Kiongera featured for KCB from 2010 to 2012 before moving to Gor Mahia where he played for a season and assisted the club ends its 18-year league drought in 2013. He had a second stint with the Bankers from January 2014 and left in June the same year to join Tanzania giants Simba SC, where he played for two seasons.

He left Wekundu wa Msimbazi in June 2016 and joined AFC Leopards until the 2017 season. Wazito signed him in January this year from Killarney Athletic, a lower tier side in Ireland.