Football writer collins okinyo held candid interview with Victor Mugubi who plays for Germinal Beerschot in Belgium.This player nicknamed 'mikel"by his peers is one of he best defensive midfielders kenya has ever produced. He joined the professional ranks at an early age and clubs like CSKA Moscow have been closely in talks with him.This phenomenal player comes from a talented family full of footballers lead by Inter milan's player Macdonald Mariga. Mugabe is one of the five proffesional players named in coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee's provisional squad to face Uganda in a seemingly must win clash.
Read more on who is Mugabe, his early life and football.
kenyanstar: Thanks for accepting this interview with kenyanstar please tell the readers when and where you started playing football?
Mugabe: I started playing football in the small street called Muthurwa (Dallas) with my friends.
kenyanstar: Who inspired you to be who you are today?
Mugabe: My older brothers (MARIGA AND HESKEY) thanks also to my late coach Amigo who gave me advise en exposure.
kenyanstar: Having come from a family of footballers do you consider it a family blessing or just luck?
Mugabe: Yeah my father was a footballer so we all follow his footstep and football is in our blood. I come from a blessed talented family.
kenyanstar: Which club are you playing for currently and which position do you play?
Mugabe: Am playing for GERMINAL BEERSCHOT in BELGIUM as an attacking or defensive central midfielder.
kenyanstar: How many caps do you have playing for the national team Harambee stars?
Mugabe: I have 8 caps for the Kenya National team.
kenyanstar: What are some of the challenges you are facing in Europe?
Mugabe: I think it is only fighting for my position, is not easy getting in the squad as you have to show them in training that you are good enough to be in the team.
kenyanstar: What is your view of the standards of the current Kenya premier league?
Mugabe: I think now the Kenyan premier league has improved, a lot of talented young players in the league. which is very good for the future of Harambee Stars.
kenyanstar: This might be a difficult question to you but please can you inform the readers of what you earn as a professional player?
Mugabe: (Haha) sorry this is confidential i can not say want i earn.
kenyanstar: Have any other clubs approached you seeking your services while in Europe?
Mugabe: Yeah few clubs came AZ alkmaar, Gent and also scouts from Fulham they came to monitor me and recently CSKA Moscow of Russia. My team is very tough when it comes to any clubs who are interested in me especially when big clubs over here are interested like Gent, the president of my club doesn't wanna talk to any club from here.
Kenyanstar: CSKA Moscow, it was all over the media and sports blogs that you were headed to this Russian club. Was it true? If yes what happened to the move?
Mugabe: Yeah, that was true. We had discussed all modalities with the team including remuneration but unfortunately my current team Beerschot wanted a replacement from Cagliari in Italy but they could not get him so my coach who was not happy with the intended Moscow move insisted that i had to remain with the team until the end of the season meaning the deal fell off.
kenyanstar: If granted the opportunity would you introduce some of your counterparts in Kenya to your employer for consideration as the Nigerian or west African players do?
Mugabe: Yes of course,i will be happy to help my fellow kenya players.
kenyanstar: Do you have a nickname?
Mugabe: Yeah i have too many nickname when am in my club they call me Mikel,they say we look a like en the style of playing is the same.
kenyanstar: What is your take on the suprise 1-0 loss by harambee start to football minnows Guinea Bissau?
Mugabe: That was just a bad start. Harambee stars can still make it AFCON 2012 with the remaining five matches. And we need our fans and Kenyans at large to believe in us and support us.
kenyanstar: What solutions can you suggest for unity to prevail in the management of football in Kenya?
Mugabe: If we can stop wrangles and be together our country can invest in football and our National team will even be better than before.
Kenyanstar: Do you feel kenya has the potential of hosting the 2016 Africa cup of nations?
Mugabe: Yes we have good hotels the only thing they should work on is the stadia.
kenyanstar: please tell the readers something about your immediate family and how they inspire you?
Mugabe: My family inspires me a lot, when things are not going good,they are always there for me especially my mum and dad. I appreciate what they have done it means a lot to me.
kenyanstar: Thank you so much Victor mugabe and on behalf of kenyanstar and myself we wish you all the best in your future endeavors