Nabilai Kibunguchy reveals stunning reason why he chose Kenya over USA

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FOOTBALL Nabilai Kibunguchy reveals stunning reason why he chose Kenya over USA

Festus Chuma 21:00 - 13.11.2023

Orlando City defender Nabilai Kibunguchy has joined the Harambee Stars camp for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, unveiling his unique decision to choose Kenyaxxx

Orlando City defender Nabilai Kibunguchy has made a stunning revelation about his decision to represent Kenya in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, choosing the land of his roots over the USA.

The 25-year-old, who was recently named in the Harambee Stars squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Gabon and the Seychelles, disclosed the motivating factors behind his life-changing choice.

Kibunguchy had sent a heartfelt plea to Stars coach Engin Firat in September after being overlooked for friendly matches against Qatar and South Sudan.

Born in California and raised in the Sacramento area, Kibunguchy's unique journey to international football is deeply rooted in his family history.

He is the son of Herbert Kibunguchy, a former California Department of Transportation engineer, and a nanny who separately emigrated from Kenya to the United States as teenagers to pursue their education, ultimately meeting and building a life together in their new country.

His father later returned to Kenya, where he currently serves as the Bungoma County Executive Committee Member in charge of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources.

According to Kibunguchy, his rich family heritage played a significant role in his decision-making process.

"It is my roots, my parents are from here, my grandparents so I really wanted to go to my roots. I really love this country and I really wanna compete and just play for this part of the majority," he said.

The player also expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to represent Kenya on the international stage.

"It is really good, it is just all the hard work that I have put in the last few years as a professional it's really paying off into getting this callup and just ready to contribute as I can and just be involved in this group as much as I can," he said.

"I just want to immerse myself in the group as much as I can and just compete for a spot. Obviously I know everything is possible because coach Firat he said the world is hard for a reason so I am just here to compete and whatever happens and it is his decision at his end of the day."

His dual citizenship provided him with the eligibility to play for Harambee Stars, and Kibunguchy is excited to seize the opportunity to represent Kenya on the international stage, fulfilling a long-held dream.

Before joining Orlando City B for the 2023 season, Kibunguchy's journey in professional soccer had already taken shape when he was drafted by Minnesota United FC during the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. 

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