Eye brows were raised when a young skinny boy in the name of Kenneth Muguna was voted by football writers as the Most Valuable Player in the 2016 Kenyan Premier League season, taking home the top honours and the Sh1million prize money that came with it.
Understandably, by the time he claimed the top gong, he was a rough diamond - he remains so to date - and had not earned a call-up to the national football team Harambee Stars.
Compared to his predecessor, Michael ‘Engineer’ Olunga, who bagged the gong a year earlier, the young Muguna prior to claiming this accolade, had neither dominated talk nor football discussion about his prowess.
However, his exploits with Western Stima was good enough to attract the eyes of the powers that be at Gor Mahia, who did not hesitate to pull the purse strings to land his signature. At K’Ogalo, he was expected to be the nerve centre of attack - the creative gem that would feed the attackers upfront for goals.
And while his talent and ability is not in doubt, the young midfielder must work his socks off in upgrading the weak areas of his game. To be a complete player, he must make the tough decision of spending more time in the gym rather than the salon to bulk his muscles and be tough on duels.
Watching him on Sunday against Posta Rangers, his body language gave him away. He read the game well, gave those assured passes but could not measure up in the tackles.
To aid Gor Mahia’s cause, he needs to be brave on the pitch and dominate the midfield battle like a colossus .He has what it takes to be a player in the mould of England’s retired great Frank Lampard. The K’Ogalo’s Green Army too would want to see a good return in their investment.
As he ponders on how to improve his game, the good midfielder must bear in mind that there is a school of thought, who still firmly hold onto the belief that he wasn't the league's best last term hence must work hard to silence these critics - and there is no better way to do so than on the pitch.
Western Stima is no Gor Mahia. At the former he was the major star while at the latter the competition will be fierce and cut throat as he may have realised by now, but this should itself be a motivation to rise when needed and claim more honours.