When Ulinzi Stars produced their 29-man team that will duty for the club in the second half of the 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season, Ibrahim Shambi’s name was one of the four new names to have made the list.
Shambi captained Kathungi High School in the 2013 Secondary School Ball games where they lost to Upper Hill in the finals but the young midfielder was roped in by Ulinzi Stars by the then head coach Robert Matano for the KPL Under 20 tournament where he led his team to the title in the April 2016 edition.
The ex SS Assad player as quoted by the club’s official portal said he was pleased with the chance terming it a progress in his footballing career and thanked the club’s senior players for their support; the players’ first aim centered in acquiring more game time with the soldiers.
“I am very pleased to have gotten this chance with the senior team. It is a great joy to rise up the ladder because every player hopes for growth in their career. It is a step ahead and a bigger challenge to work harder," he said.
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“I have talked to them and they have been very supportive. I have asked for advice on what I should do to get to the top and I am glad they have been very good shepherds to me,"
“The primary target now is to get playing time and see whether I can make it into the starting 11. From there, I am confident other better things will follow. My ambition is to also play for the national team some day and I am working hard to see that achieved,” Shambi concluded.
The player will hope he can be part of the team when they take on Gor Mahia in their next league assignment set for Sunday afternoon at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.