Musa Otieno

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Musa Otieno
Personal information
Full name Musa Otieno Ongao
Date of birth (1973-12-29) December 29, 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Nairobi, Kenya
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender/Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1990 Bedjos FC
1990–1992 Inter-Continental FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 AFC Leopards 37 (4)
1995–1997 Tusker FC
1997–2011 Santos 311 (34)
2008Cleveland City Stars (loan) 7 (1)
National team
1993–2009 Kenya 105
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 30, 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 30, 2012

Musa Otieno (born December 29, 1973 in Nairobi) is a Kenyan former soccer player.



Otieno has enjoyed an illustrious career on his native continent, playing for AFC Leopards and Tusker FC in Kenya, and from 1997 until 2011 for Santos in the South African Premier Soccer League. He helped them win the PSL title in 2001-02, the Bob Save Super Bowl in 2001, the BP Top 8in 2002, and the ABSA Cup in 2003.

Otieno first came to the United States in 2008, playing a season on loan with the Cleveland City Stars in the USL Second Division. He made his debut for the Stars on July 4, 2008, as a 64th-minute substitute for Mark Schulte, and went on to make seven appearances, scoring one goal, and helping them to the USL2 title.

On December 15, 2008, following the conclusion Santos' domestic season, Otieno returned to the Cleveland City Stars to play in their debut season in the USL First Division in 2009.[1]

Otieno retired in 2011 having made over 300 appearances and scoring more than 30 goals for Santos.


Otieno is one of Kenya's most successful and decorated footballers, having made his national team debut for Kenya against Zaire in 1993 at the age of 19. He captained The Harambee Stars numerous times. He was also a member of the Kenyan 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished in third place of their group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals.

He has supposedly made 104 appearances for the Kenyan national team,[2][3] but this has not been independently verified.

Former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno assumes his new role as national football team assistant coach on Thursday. Otieno was on Monday named in the national team's technical bench in the preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau. [1]


Otieno owns and operates a community outreach foundation in his home country, called the Musa Otieno Foundation.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2008-12-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Okinyo, Collins (2011-08-22). "Former skipper accepts to help Stars". Retrieved 2011-09-01.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Muitiriri, Frederick (2011-08-24). "Musa Otieno- New coaching duties". Retrieved 2011-09-01.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-05-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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