This weeks man of the moment is Rama salim
|Date of Birth:||March 20, 1993|
|Previous Club||Congo United|
|Years Active||2012 – Present|
Rama Salim first came to prominence while playing for Congo United during the 2011 season. During that season, he scored with a spectacular free-kick for Congo United to give them a famous win over Gor Mahia at the City stadium. After the 2011 season, virtually all the top teams in Kenya sought Rama’s signature: Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Tusker, Sofapaka and Thika United. It was Kogalo who managed to secure his services for the 2012 season amid pomp and circumstance as Gor Mahia signed several other players perceived as superstars. These included Nigerian Felix “Felixinho” Nwosu, Yusuf Juma who had been highly rated, Ibrahim Kitawi who was returning to the club and Anthony “Balotieno” who was highly touted after he shredded the Gor Mahia defence during a friendly match in Kisumu. However the hype that surrounded these players failed to pan out as Gor Mahia started the 2012 season in disastrous fashion. The only new signing who lived up to the hype was Rama Salim. Indeed Rama initially failed to secure regular playing time under Camerounian coach Ababa Awono. Many feared he would soon leave the club.
When coach Logarusic arrived in 2012, he immediately identified Rama as one of the players who could best fit into his system. “I realized Rama has the ability to run in the space and use it, that’s the reason why I started playing with one player behind the two strikers” said Logarusic. In 2012, Rama went on to score 12 league goals, finishing among the league’s leading scorers. He was also called up the national team. At Gor Mahia, Rama has featured mostly as a striker, though there have been calls by fans to play him in midfield where he was highly effective for Congo Boys. However his forwardline combination with Dan Sserunkuma proved highly effective and was one of the primary factors that lifted Gor Mahia from relegation candidates to second place. Rama’s greatest strengths are his ability to beat defenders one on one and his composure in front of goal which enables him to find the back of the net often.
In 2013, Rama Salim attended trials in Finland and in the United Arab Emirates. The trials did not pan out and Rama returned to Kogalo for the 2013 season, much to the relief of Gor Mahia fans. As of July 19 2013, he is the club’s joint leading scorer.