Harambee Stars defender relishing new midfield role at Tusker

Harambee Stars defender relishing new midfield role at Tusker

Mark Kinyanjui 19:42 - 14.05.2024

The former KCB and Sofapaka defender was used in an unorthodox defensive midfield role during Tusker's 2-1 win over Murang'a Seals.

Tusker and Harambee Stars defender Michael Kibwage has offered his thoughts on playing in a new defensive midfield position during their 2-1 win over Murang’a Seal on Sunday.

Kibwage had to step in for the suspended Christopher Erambo, who was  given his marching orders early during their victory over Nzoia Sugar six days earlier.

He lived up to the billing, dropping instinctively between the center backs to receive the ball and recycle possession, and showing great defensive positioning to make life difficult for Murang’a to create clear inroads from the middle of the park.

In a post-match interview with Mozzart Sport, Kibwage emphasized the collective ethos of the team.

"I am happy with my performance but most importantly, for the win.

“ I always believe that football is an 11 vs 11 game and so anywhere that the coach decides to play you, so long as you understand football, you have to give it your best."

 This sentiment underscores his commitment to the team's success above personal accolades.

Furthermore, Kibwage expressed gratitude towards the coach for entrusting him with the new role, acknowledging the element of fortune that accompanied their victory.

 "I want to thank the coach for trusting me and also thank God that the midfield role came with a win. I am just trying to get better and help the team from whichever position I play. Winning is the most important thing," he affirmed.

Despite facing challenges along the way, Kibwage remains optimistic about their prospects, citing the team's recent momentum. 

"It has not been easy. There have been ups and downs but I believe now we have gotten the momentum we needed, and now we have won three games in a row," he declared, reflecting on their current form on a separate interview with the club’s media channels.

Up next for Tusker is Nairobi City Stars on Thursday 16 May at Dandora Stadium.