You have to go back to 2016 to know how valuable Amos Nondi Obiero was for Gor Mahia.
The box-to-box midfielder who is a graduate of the Gor Mahia Youth team had been loaned out to Sony Sugar FC in the 2015 season but remained with the senior team in the subsequent year after the arrival of Jose 'Ze Maria' Ferreira who had just arrived from Brazil.
According to Nondi, the experience at Sony Sugar had given him a clue on what he was to expect in the top flight.
"I had not got a chance to feature for the senior team in a proper way and I think the move to Sony helped me. While it kept away the pressure and demands from fans, it opened my eyes further to what I was to expect in the top flight. When I returned to Gor for preseason training, I knew what to do and glad it worked out," Nondi says.
Like any young player, Nondi says his ambition was to play professional football and that dream came true when he was to move to Georgia in 2017 where he is to date.
On his arrival, the Harambee Stars midfielder reveals how he had to change positions in order to get more playing time with his inspiration having come from former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama.
"I arrived here (Georgia) in 2017 with Kolhketi Pohti. They were a club that had shown a massive interest in me and I want to be thankful for the trust they showed me. I went straight to the team but my coach then felt I had the qualities of being a defensive midfielder.
Attacking midfielder Amos Nondi's highlights with Georgian top tier side FC Kolkheti Poti. pic.twitter.com/0Fk0LAp5ze— Vincent Opiyo (@vincentsopiyo) August 30, 2017
"Prior to arriving here, I had read of how Wanyama had to change positions severally to achieve his dreams and I took my coach's advice when it became clear that he wanted me to play a different role. I struggled in the first game but he was patient with me. That was the beginning of my journey at position 6 and I have never looked back since," Nondi adds.
From Kolkheti, Nondi moved to league rivals Dila Gori a year later and with time he has moved to the right-back position; a number he played well in his debut for the national team this month.
"I don't think I ever thought I'd play in defence but that has been the case this season because we have had so many injuries as a team. I'm not surprised that I have thrived in that position because for you be to be perfect in something, you have to first welcome the change and constantly work in getting better," he said.
"Playing for the national team is a dream for any young footballer and I would have come even if I was to play in another different position. It was an honour and I'm glad I did well in the two games (against Uganda and Rwanda) as a right back."
But he isnt the only Kenyan in Georgia...you can read how midfielders Amos Nondi and John Macharia fared this season. https://t.co/Bl3vgS6qQv— Zachary Oguda (@zaxoguda) December 9, 2019
To exert his importance to his club, Nondi has managed 29 out of the 34 league games this season for Dila where they are currently placed third on the log with 60 points. They had a bite of the UEFA Conference League where they were eliminated by Serbia side Zilian something that the midfielder hopes to participate in regularly.
"Playing in the top competitions in Europe gives you more challenges and as a player, that's what you need for your growth. I want to believe that we are capable of participating in those competitions year in year out as we help Dila reach those levels of European football."
Amos Nondi Career
- 2018-Present: Dila Gori
- 2017-2018: Kolkheti Poti
- 2016: Gor Mahia
- 2015: Sony Sugar (Loan)
- -2014: Gor Mahia Youth