The 23 year old is the darling of many Kenyan fans who majorly support the top four EPL clubs Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Mariga was the centre of attention during the January winter transfer window when a eminent move to join Manchester City from Parma was on the verge of completion.
However, things did not turn out as he expected as the British Government denied to give Mariga a work permit. This was despite the lengthy talks between the Kenyan Premier Raila Odinga and Britain’s then Prime minister Gordon Brown.
Mariga eventually signed for Inter and needless to say that was the best decision he ever made. Sitting pretty with three titles in less than one year, Mariga’s is a fairy tale story that any aspiring footballer could wish.
Big Mac, as he is fondly referred to by his ardent fans spoke to reporters after Kenya’s international friendly against Tanzania on Tuesday that ended 1-1. Mariga was the goal scorer.
“England has to do something. The region [east Africa] has got so many good players. We have seen it all on Wednesday. Tanzania played very well, just as we did. And you could clearly see the quality of the teams and individual players from both sides.
Speaking about his decision to join Inter, this is what he had to say.
“I’m happy at Inter. It is a massive club that won the European Champions League last season. Though it is true that sometimes you feel lonely. It is difficult to be alone in the house, especially when it comes to cooking. I sometimes cook for myself.”
Mariga is one of only two East African’s who have broken into Europe’s top flight football league the other being fellow compatriot Dennis Oliech. With a new coach coming in for Inter, it remains to be seen whether the talented Kenyan will become a regular starter in the Spaniard’s line-up.
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