Musa Mohamed is probably the most loyal member of the green army having joined the 15 time Kenyan Champions in 2008 while still a student at Lang'ata high school. Now the captain of Kenya's biggest football club, Musa appreciates the pressure that comes with the Job and likens it to leading an entire community.
Kenyanstar caught up with Musa Muhamed for a quick Q & A after his Wednesday morning training session;
KS: Who is Musa Mohammed?
Musa Mohammed is just a simple guy, a football player, a defender and currently team captain for Gor Mahia.
KS: How did Gor Mahia happen?
I was in the Lang'ata High School team that played a friendly match against Gor-Mahia at the City Stadium, back in 2008. I guess i impressed the coaches and i was invited to join the Gor-Mahia team.
KS: Talking of Lang'ata High School Musa, they have been missing in action since your days when you won the School Championships. Why do you think they aren't living up to the billing?
The school has undergone a lot of transformation since we were there in 2008-2009. They have for instance turned it into a boy only school, they have as well turned it into a boarding school so i guess transformations like this can turn the focus a little bit off the sporting department to stabilize other areas. But also when I was there we had a lot good players that I played alongside and I'am really grateful to Lang'ata High School because they played a big role in my football career because from there is when I signed for Gor Mahia.
KS: ... and FISA Academy?
FISA Academy are the ones who started my football career because there is a time I had lost hope in football due to a lot of things in my mind. When FISA came and took me in as their player while providing everything for me, I started playing football again.
KS: Was it always your plan to be a one Club Man?
Not really. It wasn't a plan ... I think every player's plan is to keep growing and get get greener pastures , move forward and get new challenges whenever an opportunity arises. But the reason why I am still at Gor Mahia is because I still want to achieve more with this club.
KS: Musa, With Gor-Mahia, you have won every single local title on offer. What more are you looking to achieve?
I really would like us a team to go to another level and perform better on the continental scene in the Champions League. But I'm patient and awaiting for the opportunity to present itself because you can't force things to happen. When you force them, they cannot work out.
KS: Talking of your local performance as a team, you have been consistent over the past few seasons. Some bad patches here and there but overall you have remained at the top. What is the secret?
The team work between players is very important, that together with individual hard work.
KS: At an individual level how do you manage to stay at the top of your performance? ... and what exactly makes a good defender?
Only through hard work and prayers ... and staying focused. It's all about discipline and the way you carry yourself around other players.
KS: At one point, you attended trials at Pretoria University...
Yes, It had a lot of issues and that's why I came back to Gor Mahia. As I said, you can't force things to happen because when you force, they will not turn out how you expect so you have to be patient and wait for your time. So when I went to Pretoria there were a lot of issues and that's when I told them not to be in a rush. .... I asked them to call me when they are ready for me to play for them.
KS: What exactly is Gor Mahia doing to ensure success at continental level?
It's all about preparation. When you prepare well you get good results and if you don't prepare well you don't get results. The thing is when we go to play against these other clubs, we are coming straight from pre-season while most of them have a significant match fitness because their leagues have been ongoing. So this can be a factor but that is not an excuse. I don't want to give it as an excuse why we have not done well before.
KS: How is it like being the captain of the biggest club in Kenya?
It's a lot of pressure. It's a lot of pressure but I thank God for giving me the strength and also giving us these fans who support me. I'm lucky to have around me these great players who listen to what I am saying when I talk to them.
KS: What are the challenges that come with this position?
You know when you are a Gor Mahia captain, you are not only a captain of the players but of the whole community, so it comes with a lot of pressure but I thank God for the opportunity and i hope to make it count.
KS: What has been the greatest moment of your career?
It has to be when we won the league unbeaten and also winning the league three times in a row.
KS: Lowest moment?
The lowest moment is the year that I was not playing at all for six months. But I thank God for giving me the strength and getting back my position.
KS: Which is the most memorable match you have ever played?
Internationally it's against South Africa when we were playing against big names such as Stephen Pienaar.
KS: Which defense partner have you enjoyed working with most?
I have enjoyed working with all players who have played alongside me.
KS: Who is the striker that has tormented you a lot?
That has to be John Baraza. Baraza is one striker you cannot shift focus from because you don't know when and how he will score.
KS: Who are some of the best coaches you have worked with?
I have worked with a lot of coaches and all of them are great coaches.
KS: Let's talk about Zarika, She is going to defend her title against Ashley of Jamaica....What chances are you giving her in that fight?
She will win, she works very hard, I know she will win.
KS: What influence do you have on each other you and Zarika?
She is the one who joined sports first. That time, I was just in school not thinking of playing any sport but she inspired me because she always works hard. It reached a time when we used to go to the gym together. I was actually trying to be a boxer but then I changed my mind back to football.
KS: What message do you send out to her ahead of the bout?
I just wish her good luck and I know that she will make us proud with a win.
KS: Does Ze Maria leaving and then a loss to SOFAPAKA worry you and the lads?
No. We have to be focused and achieve our targets. We should not lose focus on what we started on from January. So we have to finish what we started and stay focused till the end of the season. Like the coach said, we learnt crucial lessons from the SOFAPAKA defeat.
KS: How does it feel being part of a Gor-Mahia side that has won against arch rivals AFC Leopards three times in a row?
It's a motivation for the players all the time we win against Leopards because that is a derby, and when you win two or three derbies in a row you have a lot of confidence in you moving forward.
KS: Finally, what chances are you giving Harambee Stars in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers?
We still have a chance to qualify because we still have more matches coming at home and away so I know we have a chance to qualify. We will work hard to get there.