USA based star David Kenga offers hope to Kenyan youth

USA based star David Kenga offers hope to Kenyan youth

USA based star David Kenga offers hope to Kenyan youth

Little is known about David Kenga in our local soccer circles, but in his backyard village in Kilifi , Kenga is a household name with his compassionate programs alongside his  famous cousin Robert Mumba Mambo, Mike Chitavi and former Mumias Sugar FC  midfielder Said Ibrahim.

Born and raised in Mombasa-Kilifi, David Kenga found love for soccer at a young age and grew playing the game but at the time of his maturity, soccer was no longer attractive in Kenya following persistent scandals and power wrangles.

Kenga  joined Moi University Eldoret early 2003 before leaving in his first mid semester to join Winthrop University in USA where he played college soccer for three years. In 2006 Kenga’s prowess earned him a semi professional jersey at the Indiana invaders team where he played for 2 years before joining an even higher and better ranked league where he was signed by Charleston Battery in April 2008.Two days after his signing at Charleston, Kenga made a big leap of his career in his first USL first division debut when he came in as a substitute against Miami FC.
The American USL first division league is the professional men's soccer league in the USA and Puerto Rico.

With the proceeds he accrues from his career in soccer coupled with his acquired Bio medical technical degree profession,Kenga has set up a full fledged youth soccer academy called Fuhaha academy (a mijikenda word translated to mean “We are here” ) in Tezo-Rocka village Kilifi and currently trains over 100 talented youths from the region.

Apart from soccer, Fuhaha academy also offers initiatives in supporting local girls attain education in the poverty stricken region where early marriages and child sex prostitution rages.

“We owe these poor kids a hope in life because they look up to us to keep them off the streets and stop engaging in socially unacceptable deviant behaviors.” says Kenga.

Playing for a professional team is something  Kenga has wanted to do ever since he was a kid growing up in Mombasa and is now happy to earn a living and support his family out of playing soccer after the demise of his father and former doctor in 2000.

Kenga who has also had a stint as assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts soccer team between 2004 and  2006 holds a big heart and his support to his community is enviable. He however owes most of his success and inspiration to his elder cousin the Kenyan international Robert Mambo who he says inspired him in unimaginable levels. Mambo currently plies his professional soccer in Sweden turning out for GIF Sundsvall.
Together they have partnered to nurture the young coastal youths not only in crafting their soccer professional careers but to find a purpose in life.

Robert Mambo has had a successful career with Kenyan national team having played over 50 international matches and scored over 17 goals .He took over the national team’s captain-ship after the retirement of Musa Otieno from International football.

With the ever refreshing KFF/FKL wrangles in Kenyan football, we are the only hope for the youth as the government and federation have failed. I will endeavor to offer the youth the best that I can” says Kenga.

Kenga is also appealing to Kenyan professional players not only in football but all other sports to find a heart in sharing their God given blessings with the community from where they grew. “It’s only right to do so.” He thinks.

“Success doesn’t mean buying life luxuries and when people come see where you started your career all they see is a poverty stricken area” laments Kenga who remains committed to the development of these youths’ careers and life.

David is more than passionate and compassionate for his country Kenya where he hopes to finally re-settle after his successful, sports full foreign exploits in the Obama land.

All we wish for from our sports desk is good luck in Kenga’s ambition as we remain committed to partnering with others of his nature in developing our sports industry in Kenya.

It starts with us-Take the first step-make a difference.

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