Over the years, Kenya has produced some of the best and the biggest football players in the whole of East Africa.
In this article, we will be looking at the three best active Kenyan football players. And we will only be looking at footballers who represent (or have represented) the Kenyan national team. So, players like Divock Origi do not qualify to be on this list despite having Kenyan origins.
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Let’s now get to the countdown.
At 33, Were is still one of the deadliest strikers doing the business in any league in Africa. He plies his trade in the Zambia Super League for ZESCO United F.C., and has scored more than a century of goals since he joined them in 2016.
He established himself as a ZESCO United legend when he became the club’s all-time top goalscorer a few years back.
And you know why the Kenyans love him? Because he first did it on Kenyan soil with Tusker when he won the KPL Golden Boot back in 2015.
A ZESCO United legend? Sure. A Kenyan football legend? Double sure!
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This is a guy who did it in Kenya and then decided to go and do it in other parts of the world including Japan, Spain, China, and Qatar where he currently plays.
Olunga, who is also known as The Engineer by Kenyan supporters because of his Bachelor’s in Engineering, has scored more than 150 career goals. And considering he is only 28 years old, you get that feeling that there’s a whole lot more to come.
But even if he retires now, he is always going to be fondly remembered by the Kenyan fans. Firstly, because of his contributions to help the Harambee Stars qualify for the 2019 AFCON. And then THAT game against Tanzania during the tournament where he single-handedly completed the comeback in the derby with his brace.
Now, to the best player in the land!
Wanyama is not only the best Kenyan player right now, he is probably the greatest the country has ever produced.
He was only 16 when he left Kenya to play football in Europe, starting out in the Belgian league.
At 20, he earned a move to Celtic where he became the first Kenyan footballer to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League.
When he left Scotland to join the Premier League in 2013, he became the most expensive sale in the history of the Scottish league.
Wanyama had the chance to join an exclusive list of Kenyan footballers who have played in the Champions League final when he got there with Spurs in 2019, but he didn’t come off the bench.
There’s no doubt that Wanyama is the best and most famous footballer Kenya has produced.