27-year-old Joash Onyango answers those mocking him, saying he’s ‘old’

By Brian Okoth On Fri, 28 Aug, 2020 15:17 | 2 mins read
Joash Onyango, nicknamed 'Berlin Wall' due to his defensive performances, had established himself as one of the reliable defenders in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). [PHOTO | FILE]
Joash Onyango, nicknamed 'Berlin Wall' due to his defensive performances, had established himself as one of the reliable defenders in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). [PHOTO | FILE]
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    Joash Onyango, 27, says he has heard people from different quarters referring to him as “old”.

New Simba SC signing and former Gor Mahia player, Joash Onyango, has said he is “unbothered” by those who mock him over his physical appearance.

Joash Onyango, 27, says he has heard people from different quarters referring to him as “old”, with some claiming that the defender age-cheated so that he could earn more from playing time.

Speaking to Tanzania’s Championi Newspaper, Onyango said he cannot gag people from speculating or sharing their opinion about him as a footballer, and as a person.

“I have heard different people claiming that I am way older than 27, based on my looks. Such remarks do not bother me. It is normal for people to speculate and speak about everything and anything. What I know, is that their comments never change who I am. I think those mocking me saw how I played against Vital’O six days ago, a match in which Simba SC, which I play for, won six goals to nil,” said the Kenya International.

“I will continue to work hard and play at the highest level. By doing so, I would be in a position to nonverbally shut those who claim I am too old for the Tanzanian football league,” he added.

Two weeks ago, Tanzania Mainland Premier League champions, Simba SC, completed the signing of Joash Onyango from Gor Mahia.

Wekundu wa Msimbazi, however, did not confirm the length of the 27-year-old’s contract.

Onyango, who earned his maiden Harambee Stars call-up under coach Sebastien Migne, made his debut against Ghana at Moi International Sports Centre-Kasarani during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in 2018.

He was part of the 2019 AFCON squad in Egypt that was eliminated in the group stage after losing two matches and winning against Tanzania in Group C’s last encounter.

Onyango, nicknamed ‘Berlin Wall’ due to his defensive performances, had established himself as one of the reliable defenders in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) while playing for Kenya Premier League champions, Gor Mahia.

He never looked back since he became a regular first-team member for K’Ogalo when Musa Mohamed left for KF Tirana of Albania in 2018.

His outstanding partnership with Harun Shakava and later on Charles Momanyi saw him being named the football club’s assistant captain.

Onyango is expected to be part of the Wekundu wa Msimbazi contingent that will represent Tanzania in the CAF Champions League next season.

Onyango, a former Western Stima and West Kenya FC player, has prominently featured for Gor Mahia in both the Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup in the last three seasons.

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