Dear departing Allan Wanga

How are you Allan Wanga? I trust you’re good. Congratulations boss on your big money move to Sudanese giants Al Merreikh. Continue ‘striking it high’ there as your biography proclaims.

Thank you so much for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and the GOtv Shield you helped Kenya and AFC Leopards win respectively. We shall always remember you for that.

It is sad to see you leave after those two and a half memorable seasons at Ingwe. It was great seeing you running out in the blue and white hoops, first with No. 9 and then with No. 14 on your back.

I first heard about you seven years ago when you were tearing defences apart at Tusker. Leopards had been relegated then and there wasn’t much to smile about in Kenyan football. You then left for Angola’s Petro Atletico before FC Baku came calling. A short stint at Sofapaka followed before you flew off to Vietnam’s HAGL. Then the time came for you to come home where you will be most fondly remembered.

I have to admit that initially, I wasn’t very enthusiastic about having you when you signed for Leopards at the beginning of 2012 because I thought we already had enough firepower up front and there was no need for an extra striker.

How silly I was, you soon proved me to be. You became an integral member of the squad and scored very crucial goals leading us to a third place and second place finish in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Ingwe would not be where it is today without your immense contribution. I wildly celebrated each of your 19 league goals and more in other competitions. Your head and your right foot are lethal. They scored great and important goals.

Although there are times that you failed to find the net, I never doubted your class and pedigree. You had a way of erasing all frustrations with your powerful finishes. You remained committed to Leopards and you were professional in all aspects, even when you were heavily criticised.

You brought to the Den the entertaining dancing celebrations that earned you the nick name ‘Wangamusica.’ You will be always remembered for the ‘Isokonde’ dance that has been immortalised on tape and in print. Thank you for the memories and the happy times. Many clubs coveted you from South Africa to Switzerland and we are grateful for the time you were here. Farewell King Allan.

Will you play once more for us in the derby? Please do if possible. How sweet will it be if you score in your last game and especially against them! I wish you all the best in your career and I hope you will come home again in future. Keep scoring, keep dancing, keep striking. The sky is the limit Allan, ours forever.

Your fan,
Ingwe Watchman

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