Allan Wanga

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Allan Wanga
Personal information
Full name Allan Wetende Wanga
Date of birth (1985-11-26) 26 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Kisumu, Kenya
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al-Merreikh
Number 10
Youth career
FIFA Kingdom
St Paul's High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Lolwe (–)
2007 Tusker 23 (21)
2008–2010 Petro Atlético[1] 35 (9)
2010 FK Baku 6 (0)
2011–2013 Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 22 (6)
2012 A.F.C. Leopards (loan) (7)
2013–2014 A.F.C. Leopards (11)
2014– Al-Merreikh
National team
2007– Kenya 21 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2014

Allan Wetende Wanga (born 26 November 1985 in Kisumu) is a Kenyan footballer who currently plays for Al-Merreikh in the Sudanese Premier League as a striker. His dream of playing in the UEFA Europa League was not realised with Azerbaijan Premier League side FC Baku, as he failed to obtain a work permit after working out a 2-year contract with the club, which ended on 31 December 2009.[2]

Club career[edit]

Youth years[edit]

Allan Wanga started playing while at primary school. As a youth he also played at various age levels for now defunct Kisumu based football club known as FIFA Kingdom.

He then went to St Paul's High School, Shikunga in Butere District and continued playing there, although the school did not have a famous football team.[3]

Early career[edit]

In 2005 he joined Kisumu-based Lolwe FC, then playing in Nationwide League, the second tier football league in Kenya. He only stayed three months though, because the Nationwide was being revamped and thus closed. He was set to join Agro-Chemical, but the move did not happen as he was threatened by Agro players fearing for their place in the team, according to Wanga. He then went home and was persuaded by his mother Noel, to join the army. He failed the army test, and got a chance at Sher Karuturi, another Kenyan top-flight club. After waiting for a contract offer, his brother Richard called him over a job offer in Canada, and Allan joined his brother in Nairobi but it did not materialise.[3]

After almost a year without a club, Lowle contacted him in late 2006 and he returned, only to be picked up by Premier League club Tusker F.C., in early 2007. He played for Tusker until the end of 2007 season, when his club won the league. He managed to score 13 goals in his nine last matches for Tusker FC and 21 in total.[3]

Petro Atlético[edit]

At the end of 2007, he moved to Angolan club Petro Atlético, turning down trial offers from Swedish clubs. He won the Angolan Premier League (Girabola] in his first year, Petro Atléticos first league title since 2001.

FC Baku[edit]

At the end of January 2010, he moved to Azerbaijani club FC Baku on a six-month contract but renewable for a year.[4] After winning the Azerbaijan Cup his optional year contract was not taken up by Baku, and Wanga went on trial with Georgian side Rustavi Olimpi.[5] When the deal hit a snag he called on Baku who could not issue him a work permit until after four months.[6]

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai[edit]

On 2 December 2010, he signed a contract with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in the Vietnamese Super League.[7]

In January 2013, Wanga joined Floribert Ndayisaba in going on trial with Omani side Al-Nasr.[8]

Loan and return A.F.C. Leopards[edit]

At the beginning of the 2012 Kenyan Premier League, Wanga signed a loan deal with A.F.C. Leopards until 11 November 2012.[9][10] At the end of the season, Wanga sealed a permanent move to Ingwe.[11]

Al-Merrikh[edit]

On 4 June 2014, Wanga agreed to a one-year contract with the Sudanese giants Al-Merrikh.[12]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Harambee Stars on 27 May 2007, in a friendly against Nigeria.[3] His first international goal for Kenya came on 8 December 2007 against Tanzania in a 2–1 loss at the 2007 CECAFA Cup.

Honours[edit]

Tusker[edit]

Petro Atlético[edit]

FC Baku[edit]

AFC Leopards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kenya League President's Cup Africa Total
2005–06 Lowle FC Nationwide League
2006–07 Tusker FC Kenyan Premier League 23 21 0 0 0 0 23 21
Angola League Angolan Cup Africa Total
2008 Petro Atlético Girabola 22 5 2 0 0 0 24 5
2009 4 0 - - 3 0 7 0
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2009–10 FK Baku Azerbaijan Premier League 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Total Kenya 23 21 0 0 0 0 23 21
Angola 26 5 2 0 3 0 31 5
Azerbaijan 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Career total 56 26 2 0 3 0 61 26

Personal life[edit]

Wanga's father, Frank Wetende, is a former A.F.C. Leopards and Kisumu Posta footballer who also played for the national team in the 1970s and early 1980s. His mother is named Noel Ayieta. He has three siblings, Richard Malaki, Nancy Kuboka and Magdalene Amboko, who is deceased.

His role models are fellow Kenyan footballer McDonald Mariga of Inter Milan and French New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry.[3]

Wanga married Brenda Mulinya, a Kenyan TV reporter on 3 September 2011.[13]

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