From being the league’s top scorer back in 2018 to being named the Most Valuable Player at the end of that very same season, Kariobangi Sharks forward Erick Kapaito is now inspiring a whole generation of talent that has emerged behind him. One man who has particularly expressed his adulation for the lethal striker is Tusker’s teenage sensation Henry Meja.
In an interview on the latest February edition of the monthly BetKing Premier League magazine, Meja, who was signed from a relatively unknown Arsenal Lirhembe in 2020, reveals particularly what he so much admires about the Sharks’ marksman.
“I like Kapaito’s style of play. He is very clinical in front of the goal because he doesn’t need many chances to find the back of the net. He keeps everything simple and as a striker that is a very good attribute,” the 19 year old discloses.
If the 2020/2021 season is anything to go by, then probably the striker has already picked a thing or two from the player he admirers. In this halted campaign, Meja has wreaked havoc to almost every opposition he has faced, coming up clutch with crucial goals that have earned his side victories in games that seemed they would lose, scintillating performances that have already culminated in eight goals in sixteen games played by Tusker, only six shy of Kapaito who leads the scoring charts.
And when Tusker and Sharks met in the first leg of the season, Meja performed as well as Kapaito did on the day, the only difference being that the teenager was on the winning side. He scored two goals-the same as Kapaito-to lead his side to a 4-2 victory.
Not to be forgotten, Meja has already earned an international call up from head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, featuring against South Sudan and Tanzania although from the bench, making his debut alongside his icon Kapaito in those games. One minute you like someone’s style of play, the next you are paired with him upfront in national team colours, certainly dreams do come true. Kapaito, who started the game, however, got the edge over the teenager by scoring the first goal against Tanzania in Kenya’s 2-1 win.
It is only unfortunate that the league is currently suspended following a directive by the president, but it has been a joy to watch Henry Meja take to the pitch and emulate what his icon has been constantly doing in the league-punishing defenses. We can only wait to see if the youngster can match, if not go one better that his ideal role model Eric Kapaito.