My Son Says He'll Be a Better Footballer Than Myself, Allan Wanga

My Son Says He'll Be a Better Footballer Than Myself, Allan Wanga

Hillary Lisimba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:52 PM
  • Kenyan international Allan Wanga has told that his son is raring to break his records in football
  • According to Wanga, 11-year-old Jayden is also a striker like himself and has always looked up to him as a role model
  • Wanga recently announced he'd retired from football after a successful career of 14 years

Celebrated striker Allan Wetende Wanga has revealed that his 11-year-old son Jayden Johari Wanga is threatening to be a better footballer than he ever was.

Jayden Johari is a student at Laiser Hill Academy.
Wanga's wife Brenda Mulinya always drops the boy for football practice when he is not around. Photos: Allan Wanga.
Source: Facebook

Speaking to's Hillary Lisimba, Wanga said that Johari has watched him play for many years and developed an interest in becoming a footballer five years ago.

The announcement caught the award-winning footballer by surprise given that the young man has been doing karate since he was in Grade 2 and even reached Blue Belt 2 before shifting interest.

"I have always said that I won't choose a path for him, but he's been watching me play and decided he wants to be better than me," said Wanga.

He added that the two always play together on weekends and whenever he is in Nairobi.

Supports Arsenal

It is, however, evident that Johari has totally followed his father's footsteps as he plays in the striking position, supports any team Wanga plays for and is an Arsenal fan.

"Christiano Ronaldo is his most favourite player in the world, but he says I am his role model, hahaha," continued Wanga.

The father of two also insisted that he lets the young man face the world on his own as he does not want him to feel that he is Wanga's son, therefore, should be favoured anytime.

He explained that he wants him to work hard and become one of the best, God willing join an academy in Europe.

"It is priceless for him to have taken after me, and I love the fact that he tells me he wants to be better. I wouldn't wish for more," Wanga expressed.

He also disclosed that his daughter oscillates between being a journalist (like his mom Brenda Mulinya) or a doctor.

Wanga's illustrious career

Wanga is one of the most travelled and capped footballers in Kenya's history, having played for clubs both at home and abroad.

Then Kenyan international confirmed recently that he was retiring from football after an illustrious and decorated career that spanned 14 years.

He played for Kenya's Tusker FC and AFC Leopards, Sudan's Al Merreikh, Petro Atletico of Angola, Azam FC of Tanzania, FC Baku of Azerbaijan, and Vietnam's Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

At the time of announcing his retirement, he was a striker at Kenya Premier League club Kakamega Homeboyz where he doubled up as a sporting director.

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