King Allan Wanga retires from football

King Allan Wanga retires from football

 “As I exit the professional football stage, I take this opportunity to give you all my gratitude. I was because you were there for me. Thank you and God bless. See you outside the field.”

Allan Wanga

Allan Wanga has confirmed his retirement from top flight football.

The 35-year-old made the announcement on his social media platform, saying, “Fourteen years doing something that brings you joy, satisfaction and pride is a blessing. I have lived this blessing since I first kicked a football at a tender age and stepped into the stadium professionally.

 “My love for football has taken me places I had never imagined I would go, both for club and national duty. I have witnessed wins and losses, lifted trophies, endured the pain of being so close yet so far to important wins, through it all, I have been lifted by the love and support of an incredible army of supporters. “

“Without you, my fans, teammates, technical benches across the clubs that I have played for, my family, I wouldn’t have had the motivation to keep going. “

“Please accept my sincerest thanks for keeping me grounded, lifted me up when I needed that boost and kept me in check when I needed to get my game better.”

 “As I exit the professional football stage, I take this opportunity to give you all my gratitude. I was because you were there for me. Thank you and God bless. See you outside the field.”

The alumnus of St. Paul’s Shikunga and the University of Nairobi began his club career with lower tier side Lolwe in Kisumu before making the move to Tusker in 2007, having a debut season to remember as he scored a league leading 21 goals that helped the brewers to that season’s title.

 He also earned a call up to the Kenyan national team, Harambee Stars, featuring for the side until 2019 when he announced his retirement from international football.

A move to Angolan champions Petro Atletico soon followed in 2008 before moving to Azerbaijani club FC Baku in 2010 on a six-month contract but renewable for a year.

After winning the Azerbaijan Cup his optional year contract was not taken up by Baku, and Wanga went on trial with Georgian side Rustavi Olimpi. When the deal hit a snag he called on Baku who could not issue him a work permit until after four months.

He would join Vietnamese side Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in 2011. They would loan him out to Kenyan giants AFC Leopards in 2012. The deal with Leopards became permanent with Wanga tied down at the club until 2014 when he joined Sudanese giants Al Merrikh.

A stint with Tanzania’s Azam followed in 2015 before he made a return to Tusker in 2016. His final stop in club football was Kakamega Homeboyz where he spent three seasons between 2018 and 2021 when he announced his retirement from active football.

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