Who Are Kenya’s Current Top Footballers?

As African nations go, Kenya has not always been known for producing top sporting talent unless it is in the field of athletics, where the likes of Eliud Kipchoge and Hellen Obiri continue to do their country proud.

Having said that, there is an increasing number of young footballers who are managing to break through into the big pro leagues found across the globe.

Here we highlight just a few of the ones that football fans all over the world will most certainly have on their radars.

Many Kenyan players dream of making it to the big leagues such as Spain’s La Liga and England’s Premier League, and some of these players have shown it can be done.

Victor Wanyama – Winding Down in Montreal

Wanyama is arguably the best footballing product ever to have emerged from Kenya and has been featuring on odds lines and tipster columns for years. He was first spotted by Swedish football innovators Helsingborg. From there he travelled to Belgium before finally landing a gig with Celtic, where he announced himself as the sort of player that sports fans are only too willing to wager a free bet on in the lead-up to a packed weekend of fixtures.

From there he headed south of the border to play first for Southampton, and then Spurs. He has since moved to Montreal to compete in the MLS.

All of these players have been flying the Kenyan flag high wherever their football careers have taken them.

Michael Olunga – Globetrotting Goal Machine

This 27-year-old began his footballing life at the Liberty Sports Academy and quickly showed that he has a knack for scoring goals.

Since his formative years, he has gone on to play the game professionally in all corners of the globe, as far afield as Sweden, China, Japan and now Qatar.

He is most famous for becoming the only Kenyan to have ever scored a hattrick in the Spanish La Liga, a feat he achieved while on loan to Girona. For some reason, they did not offer him a full-time contract, which is why he now plies his trade in Qatar.

Jesse Were – Keeping Things Local

While other Kenyan talents have been keen to go and test themselves abroad as soon as possible, Jesse Were decided to stick around Africa and become a goal-scoring legend, first in Kenya and then in Zambia, where he still plays for ZESCA Utd.

Since joining ZESCO in 2016 he has notched an impressive 105 goals in just 120 appearances.