Anthony Kimani

Anthony Kimani aka Muki is a Kenyan midfielder[1] currently in the ranks of Kenyan National Super League side Nairobi City Stars from July 2019.

Muki, born and raised at Riruta in the periphery of Nairobi, was inspired to take up football by his elder sibling Francis Thairu. He started off his football at Dagoretti Santos before joining World Hope in 2009 which later rechristened to Nairobi City Stars.

In 2009 he was signed by Sofapaka by opted to return to City Stars for regular football as he felt he 'was not mature enough' to compete with the more seasoned players at the promoted side.[2] He rejoined Sofapaka in 2010 and at the end of the season he was unanimously voted the Kenyan Premier League midfielder of 2010.

He stayed on at Sofapaka for another three seasons till the end of 2014.[3] During his time at Batoto ba Mungu - as Sofa are fondly known - Muki also won the GOtv Shield midfielder award after his team lifted the 2013 edition.[4][5]

He then crossed over to Coastal side Bandari[6] in whom he served for two seasons before taking a break due to work related commitments.[7][8][9][10]At the end of the season he led the side to the Domestic Cup.[11]

After two and a half years Muki came out of the woods to return to competitive football by rejoining Nairobi City Stars for the 2019 season.[12] [13]

Continental football

National team

While at Sofapaka in 2010 he earned his debut call to the Kenya National team Harambee Stars by head coach Jacob Mulee and went on to earn his first cap in an international friendly against host Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam on 29 November, 2010.

He featured for Kenya in the 2010[14] and 2012[15] Cecafa Senior Challenge Cups in Tanzania and Uganda, respectively. In total he earned ten caps.[16]

Honors

Teams

  • 2010 Kenyan Super Cup winner: Sofapaka
  • 2011 Kenyan Super Cup winner: Sofapaka
  • 2013 FKF President's Cup winner: Sofapaka
  • 2015 FKF President's Cup winner: Bandari
  • 2016 Kenyan Super Cup winner: Bandari

Individual

  • 2010 Kenyan Premier League - Sofapaka Midfielder of the Year
  • 2012 Sofapaka vs Oserian MVP[17]
  • 2013 GOtv Shield - Sofapaka Best Midfielder
  • 2015 FOYA - Sofapaka Best Midfielder nominee[18]

References

  1. ^ Michezo Afrika, March 2, 2010: Up close with Sofapaka's Antony Muki Keymani
  2. ^ Supersport, July 24, 2012: Sofapaka midfielder speaks out
  3. ^ Futaa, November 21, 2014: Bandari/Sofa open talks over midfielder
  4. ^ Goal, February 27, 2014: GOtv shield top performers feted at ceremony
  5. ^ Futaa, February 28, 2014: Kimani tributes team for GOtv Award
  6. ^ Radio Jambo, December 16, 2014: Bandari makes Sh350,000 Kimani acquisition
  7. ^ Yahoo, January 8, 2017: Bandari FC cut loose 'key' players
  8. ^ Kenyan Star, May 17, 2018: Anthony Kimani Released By Bandari, Granted Indefinite Leave
  9. ^ Goal, May 17, 2017: KPL side Bandari forced to release star midfielder
  10. ^ Futaa, November 17, 2017: Bandari FC explains midfielder absence
  11. ^ Michezo Afrika, December 13, 2015: Bandari crowned Shield Champions
  12. ^ Soka, August 27, 2018: Muki, Bageya back as city stars reshapes for NSL assault
  13. ^ People Daily, August 29, 2019: NSL sides net top KPL players before start of season
  14. ^ Michezo Afrika, November 16, 2010: Coach Mulee names Harambee Stars squad for Cecafa
  15. ^ Michezo Afrika, November 21, 2012: Antony Kimani and Mangoli to captain Stars' Cecafa squad
  16. ^ Goal, September 1, 2010: Kenya Coach Picks Final 18 For Guinea Bissau Match
  17. ^ Futaa, September 30, 2010: Muki named MVP against Oserian
  18. ^ Soka25 East, November 18, 2015: 2015 KPL,Footballer of The Year Awards (FOYA) nominees.

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