When Kariobangi Sharks forward Eric Kapaito stood up to be conferred with various honours in the 2018 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) awards last week, players and management from National Super League (NSL) side FC Talanta were rubbing their hands with glee.
Kapaito won in three categories; the New Player of The year, Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player (MVP) and perhaps unbeknown to the audience during the gala night at Kenya School of Government, the 24-year-old is a product of Talanta.
The Communications Authority (CA)-sponsored team had even more reasons to feel proud on the chilly night after another of their former player in Bandari FC international goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo clinched the Golden Glove Of The Award.
Talanta’s image as a breeding ground for some of the country’s best players is well documented in who is who in both the SPL and the NSL.
Bandari seem to be the biggest beneficiaries of Talanta’s youth set-up as besides Shikalo, they have been able to lure into their team’s ranks the likes of Siraj Mohammed and Brian Kabaka with Ulinzi Stars currently enjoying the services of Bernard Ongoma The list of the products of Talanta is incomplete without mentioning ex-Harambee Stars striker Andrew Murunga who turns out for Kakamega Homeboyz, former AFC Leopards offensive midfielder Aziz Okaka and NSL outfit Ushuru FC duo of Kennedy Obanda and Benson Amianda.
Formed in July 2012, Talanta (Swahili for talent) are not only living up to their name, but are also fulfilling their mandate as an incubation centre.
In recent times, more players have tested waters in Swedish clubs Kiruna FC and Talanta’s long-term partner Gottne FC, marking yet another milestone for the local team. Michael Wandera and Beggars Baraza continue flying the club’s flag high.