Scoring goals is king for Keli

Saturday 9th November, 2013 on The Daily Nation

PHOTO | FILE Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) striker Jacob Keli celebrates his goal against Ulinzi Stars in a Tusker Premier League encounter at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on October 6, 2013. Keli emerged the top scorer in the top tier with 17 goals at the close of the season after netting a brace in Saturday's 2-0 win over relegated Karuturi Sport. He says Kenya captain and Southampton midfielder, Victor Wanyama, is his idol.

He appreciates in his words Wanyama’s “humble attitude”. The first thing you notice about Jacob Keli is the smile.

the player explains to me at the reception area of Nation Centre

Have you seen the smile of Deputy President William Ruto that has graced many a media outlet this year? Now, imagine ten of those. He has been lighting up the Kenyan Premier League matches all season, and not with his smile.

The diminutive KCB striker ended the season yesterday with 17 to clinch the 2013 KPL Golden Boot award. The father of one, who scored his 15th goal of the campaign with a left-footed screamer last weekend when his team defeated champions Gor Mahia 2-0 at Kasarani, is clad in a fitting, faded blue jeans and white T-shirt emblazoned with the words “The Guitar” on the front.

His hair is kinky, a supposedly the latest trend for local footballers in this part of the world. His clothes are fitted on a middle-sized body that stands on some flat leather shoes.

Save for the neatly protruding young beard, his youthful looks would make him easily fit in senior class in high school.

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