Calvin Masawa remains the longest-serving player in the current Nairobi City Stars squad having joined them from Migori in 2011.
The player who recently inked a new deal with the team in an exclusive interview with the club admitted that he wants to be a one-club man and opened up on how life has been in the National Super League following their relegation from the top flight in 2016.
- On his Background
I am Calvin Okoth Masawa and my early primary days was just a normal one; that’s from 1998 to 2005 at Assar Johansson Primary School back in Migori town. Later I joined Migori Boys High School where I studied for free as I was on full scholarship due to football
- On his football journey
My football journey in high school was a good one because we used to dominate up to the District level. The breakthrough came in 2007 where we beat fancied Manyata High at the district level to represent Migori District at the provincials.
- On his City Stars Arrival
I arrived at City Stars in 2011 as an amateur. I remember it was through a friendly match organized by one Mr Samson Obonyo who later became the club Secretary and former club Chairman Mr Peter Jabuya.
- On his best Coach at City Stars having being under 18 different faces
Some of the best being Coach Ken Odhiambo, Paul Nkata, Robert Matano, John “Bobby” Ogola, Bai Wadda, Jimmy Kintu and my current coach Sanjin Alagic
- On their 2016 relegation
In football, relegation is always players’ lowest moments and it wasn’t different with me because since I started playing professional football, I only knew one level and that was Kenyan Premier League.
- On his left back Role
When we played City Stars in that particular friendly match in 2011 I had come in as a substitute for a left-back because I had a good left foot too. Everyone including Coach Ken assumed that I was only left-footed and as the years went by I perfected playing at the left-back and could easily slot in when called upon to date
- On KPL return
It’s been hard actually playing in the lower leagues but we have been pushing each season knowing that at the end we will go back where we rightfully belong and that’s the Kenyan Premier League.
- On the Club management
Honestly, there has been a new breath of life at the club since the new management came on. I remember going for months without salaries, unsettled allowances and sometimes even lacking a training ground.
- On his toughest opponents
During my early days in KPL I remember I had I nightmare making Danson Kago. Others are Clifton Miheso, Moses Mudavadi and Lawrence Owino.
- On players he admires
Fast I admire myself. Joash Onyango and Atariza Meja Amayi
- On retirement
Of course, yes I would love to retire at City Stars. I want to create a rare history in Kenyan Football as a one-man club and that can be made possible by hard work and with the help of the management.
- On other hobbies
I am not an outgoing person so mostly I spend my time at home on net digging and reading past football articles and archival material because when I hang up my boots I will venture into sports journalism, analysis and commentary.