William Inganga: The Kenyan goal poacher who graced Copa Libertadores

William Inganga came to prominence while playing for Nyang’ori High School, his exploits during secondary ball games in Western region attracted the attention of AFC Leopards SC scouts.

Born March 13, 1969, William Inganga  blossomed into a respected striker traversing African, South American and Asian leagues professionally. Arguably, Kenyan soccer player has managed to play in the South American leagues since then.

Early Soccer Career

Inganga came to prominence while playing for Nyang’ori High School, his exploits during secondary ball games in Western region attracted the attention of AFC Leopards SC scouts. Leopards were desperate to find a replacement for Joe Masiga whose career had recently come to an end. While at Nyangori High School he used to shift playing positions from goalkeeper to a striker with Ken M’maitsi.

Photo: Nyangori High School team. Inganga is the goalkeeper

From 1986 – 1989 he played for Kisumu Breweries Sports Club.

In 1990 he joined AFC Leopards SC and played there for four years up to 1994 where he continued with his profilic scoring record.

Photo:William Inganga in AFC Leopards SC colours

Professional soccer

Following his dazzling performance at Kenyan top tier league with AFC Leopards SC, Egyptian giants Zamalek came calling for his signature. He signed for Zamalek in 1994.

 

Photo:Inganga in Zamalek colours

Paraguay side Cerro Porteno Sports Club Asuncion  identified his prowess in front of the goal and signed him. He didn’t disappoint again and made a good name for himself in the Paraguayan league.

William Inganga is the only Kenyan to play Copa Libertadores, the premier club competition in South America an equivalent to UEFA Champions league in Europe.

Photo: William Inganga in  Cerro Porteno Sports Club Asuncion Paraguay

In 1996 he parted ways with Cerro Porteno Sports Club Asuncion Paraguay and joined Peru side Atletico Torino De Talara for one year.

Photo:William Inganga in Peru

1997 he joined Guoan Sports Club China Beijing. Inganga suffered an injury but recovered after an operation and  resumed playing in 1999 signing for Salgoacar Sports Club in India.

National Team
1990 – 1992- Kenya U21 Nyayo Stars.
1993 – 2000- received several call-ups to the national team.

Interestingly enough while Inganga was playing at the highest levels at South America Football he was not called up to the national team.

Present
The burly ex-AFC Leopards SC talisman is a Senior Sports and Fitness  Technician in Djibouti.

Honours
Kenya Premier League 1994 – AFC Leopards SC.
Copa Libertadores appearances.

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