Harun: It was worth the wait

Mathare United defender Harun Junior (jersey 4) celebrates scoring against Posta Rangers during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Harun Junior was a picture of joy after scoring his first goal for the club in the 3-1 win over Posta Rangers at Kenyatta Stadium on Thursday.

Harun, who was handed only his second start against the mailmen, swept home from close range on 35 minutes after his central defence partner Andrew Juma squared the ball into his path with a looping header.

Unbelievable

“It was unbelievable, I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to express myself. My teammates always joke that I hardly score but here I was proving them wrong,” said Harun whose only previous start was against Bandari on March 2.

17.jpgMathare United defender Harun Junior towers above Posta Rangers forward Francis Nambute in an aerial battle. 

The 23-year-old only returned to the club in January after spending more than two years on loan in the second tier where he was attached to Modern Coast Rangers and Nairobi Stima.

However, he has turned in solid performances at the back where he has been deployed as an understudy to Juma and Johnstone Omurwa.

14.jpgMathare United defender Harun Junior (left) vies for the ball with Posta Rangers forward Marcellus Ingotsi.

Long journey

“It’s been a long journey and I’m glad that I have been getting playing time this season. I was reluctant to come back in January since I felt I had unfinished business with (Nairobi) Stima where I was a regular. I wanted to help them get promoted since we came very close last season,” revealed Harun.

“I gave it a second thought and decided to look at it as a challenge to redeem myself at Premier League level and I’m happy that it has turned out well, it was worth it. There is stiff competition for places but I will continue giving 120 per cent whenever I am selected,” added Harun.