Henry Motego: Former Harambee Stars Striker, Tusker FC Coach Now Working At Mjengo Sites

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Emerging reports has shown that former Kenyan international football player, Henry Motego, is engaging in menial jobs to make ends meet.

He has played football for clubs in Kenya and Oman, a country in Gulf.

According to an update on Twitter by blogger and Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai, Motego currently works at a construction site in Kasarani, Nairobi.

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The photo showed Motego wearing a blue t-shirt, a navy blue trouser and a a pair of gumboots covered with mud.

“We must strive to uplift our stars,” he wrote.

Football career

Born and raised in Gucha, Motego began his career by playing for Shabana FC and helped the club gain promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.

He joined Shabana FC in 1984 at the age of 20.

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In 1987, the prolific striker was the league’s top scorer with 21 goals ahead of AFC Leopards’ Francis Kadenge and Gor Mahia’s Peter Dawo. His escapades on the field saw Shabana FC finish third in the league behind Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

Following the club’s promotion to the KPL, he was noticed by Kenya Breweries Limited which signed him to play for the company’s team in 1989.

He scored in the CECAFA Club Cup Final in Nairobi where Breweries won their second CECAFA Club title. They beat Tanzania’s Coastal Union 3-0 with Motego scoring one and Paul Onyera two goals.

Motego also played for Harambee Stars in the World Cup qualifying matches and the African Cup of Nations.

He retired from professional football in 2005 after which he was appointed assistant coach for Tusker.

He was later appointed manager in October 2002, coaching the same team in their KPL title winning season of 2004-2005.


Kisii County football coach job

In 2020, Motego was hired by the Kisii County Government as a football coach.

Former Governor James Ongwae said Motego had been tasked to spearhead efforts to identify and nurture talent as well as coordinate football activities at school and club level.

“I am grateful to Governor James Ongwae for giving me this chance to oversee the revival of soccer in Kisii. I will do my best to ensure we regain our lost glory as a county in football,” Motego said.

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