Numero ready to take on KPL

Newly signed Malawian forward Andrew Numero is eager to showcase his skills in the KPL and cement his place at Gor Mahia with a view to moving to Europe in the future.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Malawian youngster Andrew Numero Malisero, who joined Kenyan champions Gor Mahia recently on a three-year deal, is looking forward to enjoying his stay at the club.

The forward has never played at the top level, but he knows what to expect as he has had a taste of Kenyan football having most recently played for Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Division Two side Commercial FC, which is based in Thika.

“It is an honor for me to be able to play for this amazing club. I thank God and the club for giving me the opportunity. I am looking forward to working my hardest to help the club retain the league title and hopefully do well continentally,” he told Nation Sport.

“I follow Kenyan football very much and it was an unbelievable feeling that they considered me to be a part of the team. I am very grateful and will make use of this great opportunity. The Kenyan Premier League is a very competitive league with quality players and I am looking forward to experiencing it all,” he added.

Numero is primarily an attacking player who loves taking on defenders and this is what he says Gor Mahia and Kenyan football fans should expect from him.

“I am a positive person who loves the game and who expresses himself with the ball at his feet. I’m looking forward to entertaining Kenyan football fans. I love playing as an attacker, as a number 9 or 10, but can adapt to any other position,” he said.

Numero, 20, grew up in Ndirande, Malawi, but had to move to Kenya with his mother who now works here. He has also previously played college football in the USA.

“I started playing football when I was seven years old back in Malawi. All I did was play football with my friends and that kept me from doing a lot of things that could have harmed my life and my career. It was easy to use drugs or start stealing but football kept me straight,” he said.

“I played for my school teams and at an academy called Surestream Academy before we moved to Kenya in 2013. I went to Braeburn High School from year 9 to 11 and then to Braeside International School.

I was always eager to play at an organised league and therefore joined a Sub County team called African Warriors and luckily got an opportunity to go play in the USA on a football scholarship. I was there for a year before I moved back to Kenya and joined Commercial FC before the pandemic halted the league,” he added.

Numero has represented the Malawi under-20 side and says the experience has prepared him for professional football.

“It has made me believe in myself. It’s a big achievement to represent my national team at junior level, but it also helped me set the bar higher and I now want to of play for the senior team in the near future.”

He looks up to Gabadinho Mhango, a Malawian International who features for South African top-tier side Orlando Pirates, and Kenyan international Jesse Were, amongst other players.

“I look up to these amazing players not only because of their football abilities but also their personalities. I have watched Mhango since I was a young kid and have always admired how easily he takes on defenders,” he said.

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3 thoughts on “Numero ready to take on KPL

  1. Welcome to the home of champions. I had the honor of watching you play at braeburn and I was impressed with your game. How the Gor scouts spotted you is simply amazing.

    Keep your head up and work hard and smart, the limit should be the sky.

    Good young signings by Gor… Eye on the future. Omalla, Numero, Macharia etc. Heko EC

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  2. The Gor Mahia youth team fiasco.

    1) Player joins GMFC youth team.
    2) The unknown player is promoted to GMFC senior team.
    3) The promoted youth player never plays a single competitive match for the GMFC senior team.
    4) The player then leaves Gor Mahia for another club.
    5) Gor Mahia signs all its players from other clubs be it locally or outside Kenya.
    6) This happens year in, year out with ALL ” Youth Team Players”.
    E.g
    Ombija who graduated to the Gor senior side from the Youth Team playing in the Division One League had been loaned out to Coast Stima where he had a gooscoring return and had notched 17 goals by the time the season had been halted in March.

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    1. I am not sure the Chairman pays attention to youth team. It was founded by the Gor Mahia fans foundation and is still run as a separate entity. You never hear the chairman discussing the youth team. Clifford Nyakeya a product of the youth team is now flourishing in Egypt.

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