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Allan Wanga

 

Allan Wanga

Allan Wanga
Personal information
Full nameAllan Wetende Wanga
Date of birth (1985-11-26) 26 November 1985 (age 28)
Place of birthKisumu, Kenya
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubA.F.C. Leopards
Number11
Youth career
FIFA Kingdom
St Paul's High School
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005–2006Lolwe-(-)
2007Tusker23(21)
2008–2010Petro Atlético[1]35(9)
2010FK Baku6(0)
2011–2013Hoàng Anh Gia Lai22(6)
2012A.F.C. Leopards-(7)
2013–A.F.C. Leopards?(?)
National team
2007–Kenya26(8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 September 2012

Allan Wetende Wanga (born November 26, 1985 in Kisumu) is a Kenyan footballer who currently plays for A.F.C. Leopards in the Tusker Premier League as a striker. His dream of playing in the UEFA Europa League was not realised with Azerbaijan Premier League side FC Baku, as he failed to obtain a work permit after working out a 2-year contract with the club, which ended on 31 December 2009.[2]

Club career

Youth years

Allan Wanga started playing while at primary school. As a youth he also played at various age levels for now defunct Kisumu based football club known as FIFA Kingdom.

He then went to St Paul’s High School, Shikunga in Butere District and continued playing there, although the school did not have a famous football team.[3]

Early career

In 2005 he joined Kisumu-based Lolwe FC, then playing in Nationwide League, the second tier football league in Kenya. He only stayed three months though, because the Nationwide was being revamped and thus closed. He was set to join Agro-Chemical, but the move did not happen as he was threatened by Agro players fearing for their place in the team, according to Wanga. He then went home and was persuaded by his mother Noel, to join the army. He failed the army test, and got a chance at Sher Karuturi, another Kenyan top-flight club. After waiting for a contract offer, his brother Richard called him over a job offer in Canada, and Allan joined his brother in Nairobi but it did not materialise.[3]

After almost a year without a club, Lowle contacted him in late 2006 and he returned, only to be picked up by Premier League club Tusker F.C., in early 2007. He played for Tusker until the end of 2007 season, when his club won the league. He managed to score 13 goals in his nine last matches for Tusker FC and 21 in total.[3]

Petro Atlético

At the end of 2007, he moved to Angolan club Petro Atlético, turning down trial offers from Swedish clubs. He won the Angolan Premier League (Girabola] in his first year, Petro Atléticos first league title since 2001.

FC Baku

At the end of January 2010, he moved to Azerbaijani club FC Baku on a six-month contract but renewable for a year.[4] After winning the Azerbaijan Cup his optional year contract was not taken up by Baku, and Wanga went on trial with Georgian side Rustavi Olimpi.[5] When the deal hit a snag he called on Baku who could not issue him a work permit until after four months.[6]

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai

On 2 December 2010, he signed a contract with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in the Vietnamese Super League.[7]

Loan to A.F.C. Leopards

At the beginning of the 2012 Kenyan Premier League, Wanga signed a loan deal with A.F.C. Leopards until November 11, 2012.[8][9]

International career

He made his debut for Harambee Stars on 4 June 2007, in a home game against Swaziland.[3] His first international goal for Kenya came on 8 December 2007 against Tanzania in a 2-1 loss at the 2007 CECAFA Cup.

Honours

Tusker

Petro Atlético

FC Baku

Sofapaka

  • Kenyan Super Cup: 2010

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kenya League President's Cup Africa Total
2005-06 Lowle FC Nationwide League
2006-07 Tusker FC Kenyan Premier League 23 21 0 0 0 0 23 21
Angola League Angolan Cup Africa Total
2008 Petro Atlético Girabola 22 5 2 0 0 0 24 5
2009 4 0 - - 3 0 7 0
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2009–10 FK Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Total Kenya 23 21 0 0 0 0 23 21
Angola 26 5 2 0 3 0 31 5
Azerbaijan 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 56 26 2 0 3 0 61 26

Personal life

Wanga's father, Frank Wetende, is a former A.F.C. Leopards and Kisumu Posta footballer who also played for the national team in the 1970s and early 1980s. His mother is named Noel Ayieta. He has three siblings, Richard Malaki, Nancy Kuboka and Magdalene Amboko, who is deceased.

His role models are fellow Kenyan footballer McDonald Mariga of Inter Milan and French New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry.[3]

Wanga married Brenda Mulinya, a Kenyan TV reporter on 3 September 2011.

References

External links

  • Kenyan Footie – Kenyan Football Portal
  • Michezo Afrika -Michezo Afrika News
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