Charles Thuku @jameswaindi1
He is fast establishing himself as a striker with great predatory instincts and it is least surprising that he is currently the leading scorer in the SportPesa Kenyan Premier (SPL) with 11 goals.
Although top tier league has its fair share of proven marksmen, his unique elegance and prowess of making scoring seem easy make him a stand out so much so that he has been on the radar of top teams in the country.
Meet Nzoia Sugar striker Elvis Rupia who has just attracted the eyes of newly-hired Harambee Stars coach Sabastian Migne who drafted him in a makeshift national team ahead of high profile friendly matches later this month.
For a lengthy part of the KPL first leg, the 22-year-old Rupia has bewildered opponents defence lines, making them look foolish before scoring which reminds many of the late Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars legend John “Zangi” Okello.
In an interview with People Sport, Rupia said he will be keeping his fingers crossed hoping to make his maiden appearance for the national team but nonetheless said he believes he has the potential to go places.
“I love scoring and would wish to take it to the highest level. I feel honoured to have won the hearts of the national team scouts and its upon me to prove just what stuff I’m made of,” said Rupia whom Nzoia plucked from Nakuru Allstars last season. He went on: ”The secret of my scoring is simple, just positioning yourself at the right place and the right time. Football is not a game of force but skills.”
Nzoia coach Bernard Mwalala described Rupia as an out and out striker in the making but advised the player to work hard if he is to reach acceptable heights both for club and country.
“He (Rupia) is one of the finest players I have ever handled and if he is in the mood of scoring he does it with precision. But I have always been telling him that helping a team to win matches is what matters most and the Golden Boot Award shall later fall in place” said Mwalala.
At Nzoia, Rupia forms a portent attacking force aided by Morven Otinya and Victor “Oposh” Omondi.
Rupia’s love affair with football started from humble beginnings at Roi Secondary School in Lanet after whicv her was lured by former national under-20 team coach Peter Okidi into Nakuru Allstars.
He said: “I must say Okidi is my mentor in this beautiful game and he gave me useful tips on becoming a goal scorer. Al of us in the team were willing to learn and here I’m, scoring for fun.”
Harambee Stars final squad will be named today by Migne with the red-hot Rupia, who has previously played for National Super League side St. Joseph, in tow.