Written by Mulemi Gregory Peter
By watching him, one wonders why he has not featured for national team or even in the Kenya Premier League.
Meet Michael Khamati of Administration Police. The 23 year Old has been in terrific form this season and he is aiming at nothing but the sky. With very good dribbling skills, deft touches and an eye for goal, Khamati is a proven goal poacher for his side Administration Police.
Born in Nairobi, Khamati has been playing soccer since the age of ten and has always performed well in every stage.
‘I started playing soccer when I was 10 years Old. I went to Uhuru Primary School in Nairobi and later joined Vihiga High School in Western Province. I was the captain of Vihiga and this exposed me to competitive soccer.’
Khamati won the district championship in 2003 as captain and was immediately recruited by the Administration Police in 2004.
‘After winning the district championship in 2003, I knew that I had a better life in football and when the AP approached me, I could not resist their offer. I was drafted into the team immediately and at that young age, I had to be special because there were very competitive players out there.’
Khamati featured for the law enforcers in the league in 2006 and he did not disappointed as he scored 26 goals in the nationwide league that season.
‘I was the topscorer in the league with 26 goals in 2006 but despite all that, we could not get promotion to the national league due to unknown reasons.’
Khamati has been the top scorer for Administration Police in the last five seasons and he says that he has yet to complete his mission.
‘Ever since 2006, I have been the top scorer for our club and I have featured once for the national under 20 team. I am aiming to take this a notch higher as I develop my career.’
As a player, Khamati has his own admirers and playing alongside them would be a privilege to him.
‘Just playing alongside Dennis Oliech is my dream and being coached by Francis Kimanzi will be the best thing that I will ever pray for.’
Khamati has already scored 11 goals in this season’s Nationwide Zone A league and is aiming to beat his 26 goal mark set 6 years ago. He is taking inspiration from Sofapaka’s John Baraza and hopes to beat Baraza’s goal tally one day.
‘I like John Baraza’s humility and discipline. He is one player you will love watching. All he does on the pitch is to score goals. He is over thirty years but his goal scoring touch never fades away. Just like Ronaldo the Brazilian, he does his business in the pitch and that is what I want to be.’
Tusker happens to be Khamati’s dream team locally and he hopes that Tusker Coach Sammy Omollo knocks the door and asks for his signature.
‘Tusker is my favorite team locally. They play very tactical football and they are a very solid side. It is the only team that I may want to play for in the league. I cannot rule out a move to another team but Tusker is always my first choice.’
With such goal scoring instincts and classy football display, Khamati is always a joy to watch. He is a brilliant dribbler and has a deadly shot. He has always rescued his side from the dead and lifted them to more glory in glorious moments.