Kamaliza (a Swahili word that translates? to end) was a sign to bringing to a progressive end bitter rivalry between the two estate teams and that began a success story for the new team.
Kamaliza (derived from Swahili word maliza which means to end) was a sign to bringing to a progressive end bitter rivalry between the two estate teams and that began a success story for the new team.
Mbotela Kamaliza F.C was formed in the early 1980s as a merger of two rival teams within Mbotela estate.
In its formative years, the club participated in tournaments which were within Eastlands. In 1987 an U-16 youth team was formed to nature young players. They would go on to do well in the talent search then sponsored Coca-Cola-sponsored youth tournaments.
As a pillar of football progress, Mbotela Kamaliza F.C was among the first team in the country to have a ladies’ soccer team – Mbotela Kamaliza Eaglets. Eaglets has three alumni in the current Harambee Starlets squad.
FKF League Participation
In 2002 Mbotela Kamaliza F.C registered officially as an association with the registrar of societies and joined KFF League Nairobi now FKF League Nairobi League.
Mbotela Kamaliza F.C had notable success in the lower leagues:
1. KFF Nairobi Division Il winners – 2002
2. KFF Nairobi Division I winners – 2003
3. KFF Nairobi Super II winners 2004/2005
4.KFF Nairobi Super I winners -2005/2006 and 2006/2007.
Winning Super I league meant Mbotela Kamaliza F.C had qualified for the Nationwide League (now National Super League), the second tier football league in the country. Due monetary and budgetary constraints Mbotela Kamaliza F.C never participated in Nationwide League.
Photo: Mbotela Kamaliza F.C below a Super League match kickoff at the home ground Canon Apollo grounds – Mbotela.
Mbotela Kamaliza F.C has been under the tutelage of Eric Bob Otieno former Re- Union and Barclays Bank and mentor to Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela.
Mbotela Kamaliza has nurtured many players many who have played for the national team .
We profiled some of Mbotela Kamaliza F.C alumni.
Teams played for: Ushuru F.C, K.C.B, JMJ Academy, Posta Rangers F.C and Nakuru All Stars.
Photo: Carlson Mweresa in action for Ushuru F.C
Teams played for: AFC Leopards SC, Posta Rangers F.C, Tusker F.C ,Santos FC and Maritzburg United in South Africa
Photo: Brian Mandela skippers Harambee Stars against Uganda on March 23, 2017 in the 1-1 draw at Machakos Stadium
Teams played for F.C Talents, Ushuru F.C and Kenya U-23
Teams played for: KCB, Posta Rangers, Moyas and Kenya Under 20.
Photo: Benedict owuor in action for KCB, shields away Danni Sserenkuma in a past match
Teams played for Gor Mahia youth F.C and Mathare United.
Photo: Derrick Onyango in action for Mathare United.
Teams played: Ulinzi Stars.
Photo: Rodgers Omondi in action for Ulinzi Stars.
Teams played for: Muhoroni youth, Ulinzi Stars and Western Stima.
Photo: Ezekiel Otuoma in action for Ulinzi Stars
Teams: Reunion, AFC Leopards SC. Professionally – Sweden and Tanzania leagues
Photos in use in this artucle are courtesy of various media house including Standard Media, Soka.co.ke.