Captain fantastic James Situma hangs boots

After an illustrious career spanning 17 years, James Situma has called time on active playing. In a video he posted on Social Media on Monday 12 August, the man who made a name as a reliable man in defence and midfield has indicated he will be bowing out ahead of the 2019/20 season.

In his successful playing career, Situma’s leadership qualities were never in question, he skippered most of the teams he played for and his talent was well manifested in his performance on the pitch.

Evans Kadenge

Spotted by Evans Kadenge in 2002 while still in school, Situma went on to get listed for Nzoia Sugar FC before it wound up due to financial challenges experienced then.

He went on two win accolades at club and at national team level, and in the span earned a massive 43 national team caps.

“I thank God always for where I have reached. It has been a long journey and I should say it is football that has gotten me this far; I have met and made so many friends and I have learnt a lot.

A lot to offer

“In terms of football I know I still have a lot to offer so I believe, God – willing, I will offer a lot to the game apart from just playing,” he said.

Situma, who molded his career as a defender capable of playing across the defence as well as in midfield, got his international debut on August 3, 2009 as a Kenyan team of locally based players faced off with a select team of former Brazil national team stars.

Seven years

He went on to play for the national team for seven years, his last international appearance coming in March 2016, against Guinea Bissau in Nairobi.

Apart from Nzoia Sugar, Situma turned out at club level for World Hope FC (currently Nairobi City Stars), Sofapaka, FK Tirana (in Albania), AFC Leopards, Tusker FC, Kakamega Homeboyz and most recently Mathare United.

He has won two Kenyan Premier League titles, two GOtv Shield titles and the CECAFA Senior Challenge title with the national team in 2013.