His scintillating form at Western Stima that saw him named the Kenyan Premier League Most Valuable Player in the 2016 season saw Gor Mahia rope for his services in 2017 and after a year at the club, midfielder Kenneth Muguna was to move to Albania side KF Tirana where he was to join his former coach Marcelo Ze Maria.
His stint at Tirana didn’t go on as planned and after months in the cold, Muguna was to return back to Gor Mahia at the start of the 2018/19 season but it has not been a roller coaster ride for the former Palos FC man.
After making his debut in a CAF Champions League preliminary tie against Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets, the player who didn’t have a good show was to sustain an injury and a stint on the sidelines followed this compounded by rumors that he had threatened to walk out of the club due to lack of playing time.
The player who has since made a return to the first team fold and gave a man of match performances against Zamalek SC and arch rivals AFC Leopards couldn’t have hoped for better progress.
On the match against Leopards, where he scored a goal and was denied by the bar, Muguna said: “It was a good feeling and it was good for me to be in the scoresheet but that was not my main aim in the game. What I came for on that day was a win and I am glad that I contributed to it.”
With the team having struggled at the start of the season, the midfielder refuted claims that they were short of confidence but instead pointed that they were still getting used to Hassan Oktay’s new philosophy.
“It was not a matter of confidence but rather the philosophy of the coach. He has been trying to install his method of play and as you know he is a new coach and that was going to take time since he found new players and I think right now we are working with his philosophy. It’s becoming better every day,” he opined.
On his progress so far in the team, Muguna said: “I played the first match and got injured then again I have been out of action for long but I have been working hard to make sure I am back with the team and I hope we can win more trophies along.”
On walking out of the club, Muguna admitted that there was a miscommunication but that has since been solved by the club and with the coach.
“We solved it as a club. It was just a misunderstanding between me and the coach. We worked it out like gentlemen. Things now are on the positive and I want to put that in my past now,” Muguna opined.
The player too refused to be drawn in the title talk instead said they were taking each game at a time starting with their CAF game against Petro Atletico on Wednesday in Angola.
“We can’t think about the league right now. We are taking each game at a time. We are in the Confederations Cup and our focus now is solely on that game against Petro Atletico. We expect a tough match in Angola but we are very ready,” Muguna opined.
Gor Mahia will be up against Atletico in what will be their second Group D game this after overcoming Zamalek in the first group tie held in Nairobi.