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Former Muhoroni Youth coach George Maina is an elated man since he can look back with pride on a 21-year-old Masoud Jumaand remembers the heydays in Meru when the youngster was first discovered, unleashed and nurtured.
Coach Maina remembers vividly well in 2012 when he first spotted Masoud while coaching Kambakia Christian Church Football Club (KCC), a Meru Christian side that were playing in the then Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nationwide Division One League.
Masoud Juma who hails from Isiolo had began playing football at Tumaini Primary School where he then led his Isiolo Barracks Secondary School team to the Coca-Cola/AFCO Inter-military Schools Championship and went on to be named tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) with five goals while also playing for his home team Isiolo Youth, in the fifth-tier Kenyan County Champions League.
He then joined FKF Division One club Kambakia Christian Centre FC where his star started to shine under the watchful eye and mentorship of coach George Maina. “I’m so proud of Masoud (Juma). I remember it like yesterday when I first spotted him in 2012. In his youthful career, I was the first coach to recruited him at KCC FC Meru and while he was young, I noticed his great talent and being his first competitive league playing against Mahakama, Nairobi Stima, then being his first time to face such big teams, we had to encourage him, talk to him and that’s when he started gaining confidence as a player and a forward in general and I’m very happy to be part of his success,” said Maina.
“When he joined us at KCC, he didn’t know what was in him. Having just played in secondary school games and his home team side, he never knew or took football seriously,” said Maina.