Q&A: Whyvonne Isuza reacts to Harambee Stars call up, derby against Gor Mahia and his impressive form
AFC Leopards ace, Whyvonne Isuza ranks among the best midfielders in the Kenyan Premier League currently, having been consistent for the past two seasons. I caught up with the former Mathare United player for a brief interview.
You have been one of the most in-form midfielders for two seasons now, how does that make you feel as a player?
I feel good, of course as a player it's always a wonderful feeling to be on a good run of form because it helps you attain the targets that you have set.
You face Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby this weekend with a win enough to seal the title for them, is that extra motivation for you guys to win the game?
I can say it is a huge motivation because we as AFC Leopards wouldn't want Gor Mahia to lift the title against us again, because we have to salvage our pride, our previous games against Gor Mahia we have not gone our way, they have ended up winning three derbies that I've played against them so we'll just try and give our best and see if we come out on top in this derby.
With the sort of form you are enjoying are you confident of getting a goal in the Mashemeji Derby?
I can't really talk of goals because when you get into the pitch you just try and help the team and it's not about me scoring but if I manage to get a goal it would be a bonus.
Your efforts have not gone unnoticed as you have been included in the Harambee Stars AFCON provisional squad, how do you react to this?
It makes me feel proud and it motivates me to even work harder because it shows my efforts are paying off, for me as a player it is a huge positive because it attains my goals for now and also for the future.
Did coach Sebastien Migne speak to you before the call-up?
No, we did not speak before the call-up, the last time we spoke was in the training camp before the Ghana game, of which I was in the initial squad but failed to travel. I have never talked to him personally about call ups it was just about football in general
Representing a country is always a big task for any player, do you think you are ready for the challenge?
Yeah, it is a huge task as you've said, but I will give my best to represent the nation well because it a tough competition, you play against high-level opponents but when I get the opportunity I will give my best.
Do you think you can mount a late charge in the Golden Boot race and what are you end season targets?
Realistically I don't think I'm in the Golden Boot race because (Allan) Wanga is way ahead having 18 goals but for me it is always about helping the team if I score it will be a bonus, so the number of goals I will end the season with is unknown.