Kenya: Returning to AFC Leopards Has Revived My Career, Says Makwatta

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Nairobi — Back to back goals against his parent club Kenya Police FC have seen John Mark Makwatta’s confidence soar up the ceiling and the forward says making a return to AFC Leopards, on loan from the law enforcers has been a masterstroke to revive his career.

Makwatta joined Leopards from Police on a six-month loan stint and scored the single goal in the 1-1 first leg draw against his immediate former side and a spectacular third in their 3-0 win on Sunday.

“I think it was the best decision I made to come back to AFC. The coach’s (Patrick Aussem) training is top notch and you have no choice but to work. I feel in the few weeks I have trained under him I have really improved. I could feel it when I played my first game before the international break. Though I am not yet at the point where I feel I am back to my best, I have really improved,” Makwatta told Capital Sports.

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He added; “At Police I wasn’t playing much and as a player, that always works down your morale. That is why I made the decision to come here and try get playing time which I am really thakful I have finally had.”

Makwatta’s debut at Leopards was delayed by almost a month and a half due to a transfer embargo on the club, having joined in the January transfer window.

The striker, formerly with Nairobi City Stars and Ulinzi Stars, returned to the country after a stint with Zambia’s Zesco United, where he had transferred to after a hugely successful season in 2020 with Ingwe.