Sakari: Schoolwork played a hand in Homeboyz-Sharks switch

Daniel Sakari’s move to Kariobangi Sharks from Homeboyz in Kakamega came at the most opportune moment for him, so he says. A Bachelor of Science undergraduate at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, the speedy right full-back tells Soka that it was time for his industrial attachment.

Having only featured for Homeboyz for one season, and one in which they finished a club-high 7th position on the Kenyan Premier League table standings, Sakari caught a few eyes along in his debut season in the top flight, William Muluya’s the most interested.

”The coach called me and he said he had been looking for me for quite some time. According to him, I can easily fit in his system and that’s why I opted for Sharks,” says Sakari.

He reveals that he landed an attachment opportunity that could very well lead to a job in Nairobi and didn’t want to throw away that opportunity. One problem though, he still wanted to play football. A conversation between him and his former boss Cleophas Shimanyula ended in and agreement that Homeboyz would release him to a team in the capital.

”My former boss was understanding and when I told him about my situation, he recommended that I leave for a club in the city. It was at this point that Sharks showed up,” he continues.

He will be at Sharks for the next three years and has already donned the yellow jersey in pre-season matches ahead of the new KPL season. The 20-year-old knows how much a difference his presence at Sharks will make in his personal growth as compared to his previous station.

Daniel Sakari during Sharks’ pre-season tour of Dar Es Salaam [IMAGE- Maina Wambugu]

”I want to impress here and then hopefully advance to more professional league abroad. Nairobi is different because this is where most teams are based so I know I will grow a lot,” concludes Sakari.

The youngster made his non-competitive debut against Kenya Police in a friendly match last month and followed it up with a full ninety minutes against Tanzanian side KMC, a match Sharks lost 1-0 in Dar Es Salaam.

The Maseno School alumnus has previously turned out for Buru Buru All Stars, Green Commandos, MMUST FC and Milo FC in Webuye.