Kenyan international donates foodstuffs to less privileged footballers in the slums -VIDEO
Kenyan international Mike Kibwage donated foodstuffs to more than 50 grassroots footballers from slums in South B, Nairobi on Wednesday morning.
The KCB center-back donated packages that contained cooking oil, sugar, maize floor and pasta in a well-coordinated exercise at the Police Band ground that saw the players come in groups of tens.
“I was born and bred in South B and I understand the challenges of these players since most of them were my teammates while growing up,” Kibwage opened up to Nairobi News.
“They come from very disadvantaged backgrounds and I am very lucky that my football career took off and I am now playing in the top-tier. I don’t have much yet but I’m certainly in a better position than them and I thought it would be good for me to share with them during this difficult period,” he said.
Kibwage also urged fellow footballers who are in a position to help grassroots footballers and other people in informal settlements to do so.
“You don’t have to be rich to give. Whatever you have you can share with the less privileged,” he emphasized.
Patrick Kiilu, a resident of South B who has seen Kibwage’s fast rise in the world of football lauded his efforts.
“We are very happy to see him playing at the highest level now. He was very dedicated with football from back then and it has paid off. We are also delighted to see him remembering his roots and his former teammates and friends – not many do that,” Kiilu said.
Kibwage moved to KCB from AFC Leopards in late 2018. He had spent two seasons at Ingwe, a team he joined straight from Mukumu High School.