He is one of the league’s most talked about players. His flair and style is second to none. Some call him the dancing rasta, while majority of his club’s followers prefer ‘Kate.’ Kenyanstar caught up with Allan Kateregga ahead of the new season, and the midfielder reveals his plans to blossom this season, and why he is misunderstood.
Kenyanstar: Tell us about your football journey.
Kateregga: I started off in my native country, Uganda. I was a captain for Sports Club Victoria University, where I did quite well. I then made the move from there and came to Kenya to join Tusker.
Kenyanstar: You did not stay long at Tusker. Many fans can hardly recall that you even won a title there!
Kateregga: Yes, I did not stay long at Tusker. It was a brief stint and I wasn't a regular there too. It was however, a good springboard for me to better things in Kenya.
Kenyanstar: What happened after Tusker?
Kateregga: I made a move to Bidco and later Ushuru, then referred to as KRA. I made headlines there and many started recognizing my talent. At Ushuru, I received lots of offers from different clubs, and that was testimony that I was doing better.
Kenyanstar: How did AFC Leopards happen?
Kateregga: As I said, I received lots of offers and opted to part ways with Ushuru on mutual consent. The coach and the club gave me their blessings to take up better opportunities elsewhere. AFC Leopards approached me, and I felt it was a dream move for me. It is a challenging and learning atmosphere.
Kenyanstar: How has the stay at Leopards been?
Kateregga: It’s a great club. I am in my second season and loving it. At some point last season it felt real that we were going down in the books of history for relegating the mighty Leopard... I never wanted be apart of that bad side of history, and it was a really tough time for me and the team. We hope we never find ourselves in such a fix again.
Kenyanstar: Do you consider yourself a big player at the club, and how much more do you feel you add to the team?
Kateregga: I am a team player, and I follow what the coach tells me and wants me to do. I don't consider myself a ‘big’ player in the team, but one of the components of what makes a succesful club.
Kenyanstar: Many have questioned your discipline on the pitch. You have been involved in a number of altercations before. Is it a part of you?
Kateregga: Sometimes i get misunderstood but if things are not going well, it's normal for man to feel the temper. It gets worse when you are playing at this stage, and you are under pressure as it were last season. But I am working on my discipline.
Kenyanstar: The new season is here. Your aspirations?
Kateregga: Looks like a season where we have to double our effort considering the fact that we shall have more teams in the league. I am in good shape, as are the rest of my teammates, and we are hoping for the best.
Kenyanstar: Thank you Kateregga.