Zedekiah Zico claims Ghost Mulee took 12 years to destroy what he struggled hard to make.

Former Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Zico Otieno was nicknamed Zico after the great Brazilian footballer because just like Zico, he too was a gifted player in taking set pieces, and never missed a penalty. An interesting fun-fact is that the Brazilian Zico who he was nicknamed after wasn’t really named Zico either. Even with him, it was a nickname. His real names were Arthur Antunes Coimbra. Sadly, that fun-fact is where the fun ends. Zedekiah Zico Otieno is dropping facts about Jacob Ghost Mulee, and they are not fun-facts but cold facts.

Zico, who was appearing on KTN’s sports documentary show Sports Legend, gave a brief preview of his football career before roping in Jacob Ghost Mulee.

He revealed how in 1986, fresh out of High School, he joined a small team called Baba Dogo where he played for a while before joining Utalii FC. This was before Utalii had joined the league. He then joined a team called Speedways which, despite being in the super leagues, was what Zico described as the Real Madrid of Kenya. This was because it had very many good players who would later on in the 90s go ahead to make a mark in Kenyan football. In 1988, Amos Nandi then organised Zico to sign up for Gor Mahia, and it was through Gor that he got his first call up to the national team Harambee Stars.

Zico remembered that unlike nowadays when players find out they’ve been selected to the national team within hours due to social media, back then one found out the following day after reading the sports section of the newspaper. After reading the next day’s newspaper, he realised he had been picked for the national squad that would represent the country in Egypt against the Pharaohs.

He disclosed that although they lost two goals to nil in Cairo, it didn’t deter them. In their next fixture they drew nil nil with DR Congo here in Nairobi. However, they then went ahead to beat the Congolese in Kinshasa.

Zico revealed that this was the first time that the Kenyan team had won an away match and it was a record that stood for 12 years, only to be broken by Jacob Ghost Mulee when he led Harambee Stars to victory against Cape Verde in their country.

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