George Maelo has been named Sofapaka FC’s Head of Security following his retirement.
The defender, who is a Police Officer by profession, ended a 17 year playing career on Tuesday 27 October with his immediate team offering him a job that will tap the most from his law enforcement side.
Maelo joined Batoto Ba Mungu in 2016 from National Super League (NSL) side Police FC, a tumultuous year for the 2009 Kenyan champions that had seen them survive relegation on the penultimate round of the season.
In his four years with the team, he helped them finish not less than 10th in the league with their best finish during this period coming in 2017 as they finished 2nd. They also managed to reach the 2018 FKF Shield Cup final.
“I’m so happy and proud for what God has done to me with my talent, all the years of my career I didn’t encounter any serious injury and when fully fit I managed to play a chunk of the matches,” he is quoted as saying on Sofapaka’s official website, “As a leader I did my best on and off the pitch for the betterment of the team.
“Football has built me as person and taught me alot about life. At Sofapaka I found a second family where unity and love prevails. The club forms and holds a huge part of me, the trust from the management and everyone in the team meant a lot. I love Sofapaka family and I wish the team the very best,” he added.
His sentiments were echoed by head coach John Baraza who said, “Maelo has been so outstanding since he joined us, he came in when we were battling relegation and during our tough times as a team he did a lot in supporting the club. He’s so selfless, hardworking and so disciplined, he made work easier for us as a technical bench. He’s definitely headed for greatness in life and as a team we wish him success.”
Maelo’s decision to hang up his boots isn’t the only such decision that has been made during this off-season in the topflight with Wazito FC duo of Eric Odhiambo and David Oswe together with Nairobi City Stars’ Noah Abich all coming to the conclusion that the game had indeed gone past them.