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Soccer Soko: Most expensive Kenyan footballer can fetch Sh1.7 billion…the lowest- Lawrence Olum- Sh22 million!

Arnold Origi, the only goalkeeper to make the list, was once valued at Sh68 millionwhen he was younger

Ligi Soo: Ayub Timbe rose from Ligi Ndogo and is the second most valuable local footballer.

By Idris ‘Shoes’ Lule

Roving Editor

There are less than 40 Kenyan professional soccer players plying their trade outside the country. From Albania to Algeria, England to Egypt, Georgia to Greece, Sweden to Spain. It is one of the highest numbers of pro players if you include the six playing for Zesco United and Nkana Red Devils in the Zambian league.  Most have changed clubs and so have their fortunes changed. Their current market value according to the 2019 Transfer Market rates which measures soccer players from the time their club movement became public, also chages with age. Arnold Origi, the only goalkeeper to make the list of players worth millions, was once valued at Sh68 million, but at 35 years old, his value plummeted to the current Sh23 million.  

Masoud Juma, Eric Ouma and Amos Nondi Obiero are all valued at Sh17 million each and did not make it on the list of the top most valued players.

  1. Victor Wanyama
Big fish: The Harambee Stars was once valued at Sh 3.4 billion.

Current market value: Sh1.7 billion

Age 28 (?)

Current club: Tottenham Hotspur, England

Position: Defensive midfielder

Years active: 2006-2019

Career record: Nairobi City Stars- AFC Leopards-Helsingborg-Beerschot-Celtic-Southampton-Spurs

Highest market value: Sh3.4 billion

2. Ayub Timbe

Dual citizen: Timbe as not played for local club. He holds Belgian and Kenyan nationalities.

Current market value: Sh 100 million

Age 27

Current club: Beijing Renhe, China

Position: Winger

Years active: 2004 -2019

Career record: Ligi Ndogo-JMJ Academy, RSC Anderlech-Beerschot-Genk-Lierse-HLJ Lava Spring- Beijing Renhe

Highest market value: Sh 114 million

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3. Michael Olunga

Engineer: Meteoric rise in pro football saw him drop from campus.

Current market value: Sh80 million

Age 25

Current club:  Kashiwa Reysol, Japan

Position: Left-footed centre forward

Years active: 2014 -2019

Career record: Liberty Sports Academy-Tusker FC-Thika United-Gor Mahia- Djurgarden-GZ Hengfeng-Girona, Hengfeng- Kashiwa Reysol

Highest market value: Sh 80 million

4. Johanna omolo

No falling falling: His market value seems to rise with age.

Current market value: Sh 68 million

Age 30

Current club:  Cercle Brugge, Belgium

Position: Defensive midfielder

Years active: 2007 -2019

Career record: Coast Stars- CS Vise-CS Fola-Beerschot-Lommel FC-Beerschot-Clubless-Beerschot-Lommel-Clubless-Royal Antwerp-Cercle Brugge

Highest market value: Sh 74 million

5. Abud Omar

Clubless: Was little heard in Kenya until the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Current market value: Sh 57 million

Age 27

Current club:  Clubless

Position: Left back

Years active: 2013 -2019

Career record: Bandari-Tusker-Panegialios-Slavia Sofia-Cercle Brugge-Sepsi-clubless

Highest market value: Sh 57 million

6. Handwalla Bwana

Total Recall: Bwana is the youngest of the most valuable Kenyan players.

Current market value: Sh51 million

Age 22

Current club:  Tacoma Defiance, USA

Position: Left winger  

Years active: 2015 -2019

Career record: Seattle Academy-Sounders FC- Washington FC- Tacoma Defiance

Highest market value: Sh 51 million

7. Patrick Osiako

My Ball: Moved from Tusker FC to paid ranks where he was once valued at Sh 90 million.

Current market value: Sh 45 million

Age 32

Current club:  Clubless

Position: Central midfielder  

Years active: 2007 -2019

Career record: Tusker-Mjallby-Petrolul Ploiesti-H Beer Sheva-Simurg-Clubless-Linkoping City-Clubless

Highest market value: Sh 90 million

8. Arnold Origi

Staying power: He also has Kenyan and Norwegian citizenship.

Current market value: Sh23 million

Age 35

Current club:  Helsinki IFK, Norway

Position: Goalkeeper  

Years active: 2006 -2019

Career record: Mathare United-Tusker – FK Moss-Fredrikstad-Ullensaker-Lillestrom SK-Clubless-Sandnes Ulf-Kongsviger- Helsinki IFK (free transfer).

Highest market value: Sh 63 million

Limited edition: Has moved in between the smallest number of professional clubs.

Current market value: Sh 23 million

Age 25

Current club: IF Brommapojlarna, Sweden

Position: Right winger

Years active: 2014 -2019

Career record:  Mathare United-Vasalund- IF Brommapojlarna

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Highest market value: Sh 23 million

 10. Lawrence Olum  

Coming to America: Olum has played all his pro career in the landof Mr Trump.

Current market value: Sh 22 million

Age 35

Current club: Minnesota United, USA

Position: Centre back

Years active: 2007 -2019

Career record:  St Louis Lions-Timbers-Minnesota Thunder-Austin Aztex-Orlando City-Kansas FC-Kedah FA-Clubless-Kansas FC-Timbers-Clubless-Minnesota United

Highest market value: Sh 44 million

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