Sofapaka FC midfielder Mohammed Kilume says he was surprised by being named vice-captain at the club midway through the first-leg of the ongoing 2020/21 BetKing Premier League campaign.
Batoto Ba Mungu have had a raft of changes this season not only in the technical bench but also in the leadership roles among the playing unit.
The 2009 champions began the season with Elli Asieche as captain and with Willis Obayi and Michael Kibwage as the assistants. But with the former Kariobangi Sharks midfielder deciding to decamp to Wazito during the mid-season window and long serving defender Obayi opting to retire and join the team’s technical unit, it left room for Kibwage to be bumped up to team captain and with Kilume as his assistant.
The 23-year-old admits his new role caught him by surprise but it is one he is humbled to have. He is quoted on the club’s website as saying: “When I was appointed it came as surprise but I took it positively because being appointed to lead means a calling. It’s truly an honour and privilege to serve such a big club in such a position. Certain appointments are never done for the sake, my new capacity shows my growth in the game and leadership capability.”
The all-round midfielder joined Sofapaka in 2018 from the club’s junior squad after impressing in the now defunct KPL U20 league.