Kenyan international football player Macdonald Mariga who is in the country for a brief holiday has rubbished recent claims that he purposely squeezed a referee’s hand until it bled.
The reports, which have been rounds on both local and international media have threatened to tarnish his reputation.
“Truth is, contrary to media reports I never squeezed any body’s hand. On that particular match there were several players who greeted the referee in charge of the match but to my greatest shock I don’t understand why he decided to lay the blame on me.”
Despite this, Mariga, who plans on retiring after a span of five years, says he is determined to continue putting Kenya on the world map.
“I also intend to initiate a local football academy that will help nurture local talent which I strongly believe has developed and is ready to make Kenya proud,” he concludes
This is what Victor Wanyama Marigas Brother did for his family;
Harambee Stars’ Captain and Southampton FC midfielder, Victor Wanyama has imported a state-of-the-art German machine.
The customised Volkswagen Crafter CR53 Maxi rumoured to be worth Sh30 million (£200,000) just landed in the country and is expected to be handled by his brother Thomas Wanyama, popularly known as Heskey.
The van now known as ‘Rosie’ was customised by a Ghanaian soldier and the man behind the interior is known as @h8dko (from his Instagram page).
The van has a fridge, coffeemaker, 3D TV screens for sports channels paid for on a monthly basis, interior and exterior CCTV cameras, play station and 10-seater rotating chairs.
“I have not received her yet, but Rosie is already in the country somewhere along Mombasa Road,”Heskey told Heads Up.
Part of our Heads Up team already enjoyed a ride while it was still with Victor in Winchester.
‘Rosie’ will now join other ‘machines’ in Wanyama’s compound courtesy of elder brother and fellow footballer, MacDonald Mariga.
They include a Cadillac Escalade Platinum 2011, a Lexus V8, a Jaguar and a Hummer H3.
Wanyama seems to be one of the most generous and sufficiently philanthropic footballers around.
In January, he forked out millions of shillings on an exclusive treat for his immediate family. In February, Wanyama donated playing kits from Adidas AG in Herzogenaurach-Bavaria, Germany for AFC Leopards.
The family got an opportunity to watch several English Premier League games, shopping trips in London and a visit to a couple of historical sites in England.