Kennedy Okanda, who was named Wazito FC’s best defender in 2016, says the team has grown from strength to strength because of the supportive spirit among the players.
Wazito, a team founded five years ago, closed the 2016 season ranked 11th and will be out fighting for a promotion slot at the end of 2017.
Okanda says working as a team has helped them grow together.
“We work really hard to cover each other’s mistakes,” Okanda told the club’s official website.
Okanda, who also works as a banker, says that balancing between the two trades requires discipline, something he has had to master over time.
“You have to set clear goals and stick by them religiously. Above all discipline both on and off the field is the key to success.”
Wazito was founded by the University of Nairobi soccer team and the alumni members of the soccer team.
After training together with the students for some time, the alumni members decided they could form a strong team to compete in the league. In order to build a team identity, in 2011, Wazito played in numerous friendlies against league sides and participated in local tournaments.
In 2012, Wazito debuted in the Nairobi County League, the fifth tier of the Kenyan Football League system. It was a good start for Wazito and they managed to win the league and earn promotion to the Provincial League.
The Nairobi Provincial League was the next hurdle for Wazito. It was another good campaign and a nervy end to the 2013 season where Wazito edged off Kangemi United on penalties to emerge the Nairobi Provincial League winners. This meant back to back league titles for Wazito and promotion to the FKF Division one, which they won in 2014 to form part of the newly-established NSL.