AFC Leopards assistant coach Juma is not my son- Victor Wanyama's father

 

Victor Wanyama and Tom Juma
  • AFC Leopards assistant coach Tom Juma bears a striking resemblance to Victor Wanyama
  • Wanyama’s father however dismissed claims that the two could be brothers
  • Tom Juma’s and the Wanyamas are family friends and both hail from Busia

Mzee Noah Wanyama has laughed off rumours doing rounds that his son Victor Wanyama and AFC Leopards assistant coach Tom Juma are brothers, and products of the contents of his loins.

Mzee Wanyama, a former footballer and coach is the father of Victor Mugubi Wanyama who plays for EPL side Tottenham Hotspur and who many claim bears a striking resemblance to Tom Juma, a former Kenyan international, and the current Ingwe assistant coach.

This resemblance has got the people of Kaloleni estate talking for some time now.

A resident in Kaloleni who sought anonymity told The Nairobian that: “Many people here believe that Tom and Wanyama are biologically related. They could actually be brothers. Have you seen how they look alike?”

But Mzee Wanyama dismissed the claims as rumours and simple estate talk.

“I think people look at how Victor Wanyama and Tom Juma walk, plus their talent and then conclude that they are brothers. No. What I know is that we come from the same county- Busia and we are great family friends,” the rather jovial mzee Noah told The Nairobian, adding that he coached Juma at AFC Leopards in the mid-1990s.

Tom confirmed that he has heard people compare him to Victor Wanyama in terms of resemblance and jokingly dismissed the claims as wishful thinking: “I will do my research but I’m sure haiwezikuwa (we can’t be blood brothers).”

He added that: “I have heard people say we look alike. Sasa wacha mimi, my younger brother who plays for Mathare United is even worse (sic) (meaning his brother is a spitting image of Wanyama). He even plays in the same position."

The brother in question is Musa Oundo who plays in the Kenyan Premier League. His resemblance to Wanyama has also not escaped the curiosity of residents of Kaloleni. And they are talking.

When asked how close he is with Noah Wanyama, he said: “Very close. He was my TM (team manager) at Leopards and I was the captain during Peter Onalo’s tenure. Our families are close too.”

In 1969, Noah Wanyama was making his presence felt in the football scene. He was still very young. His dribbling, runs and finishing skills were already being sharpened at Busia County’s Nambogoto Primary School. He would later become one of the best strikers at AFC Leopards. 

He won many local and regional crowns for Leopards before his retirement in 1984 to start his coaching career, just four years after bowing out from international duty with Harambee Stars, where he played a key role.

‘Landi Mawe’, as he was known during his playing time, is notably remembered for scoring the goal of the year in 1977 against Re-Union in a Super League match and winning the 1975 Senior Challenge Cup with Kenya in Zambia.

His family is a sporting pedigree with sons Mc Donald Mariga, now at Spanish second division side Real Oviedo and Victor Wanyama plying his trade at English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur flying the football wing. Sylvester Wanyama and Thomas Wanyama are also doing great in Kenyan football.

Mercy and Alice are basketballers, while Sylvia plays netball.

Drop of name

Juma, who is popularly known as Gazza, was born in Ololoo (Kaloleni estate) as Thomas Ochenje Oundo before dropping the name Ochenje for Juma while at St John’s Primary School.

His dream of featuring for the country’s giant clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards came to pass with a successful stint at the national team Harambee Stars. His great midfield skills and scoring ability can definitely be traced to ‘Mexico City’- the school’s playground, where he trained and played football after classes.

Like Noah who ended up being a successful coach at Kericho’s Brooke Bond FC, Nzoia United, Maragoli United (now Imara United), Railways FC and team manager at AFC Leopards in different periods, Juma has also coached various clubs.

He has been at the helm of national Super League side Administration Police, former Kenyan Premier League outfit Muhoroni Youth and now AFC Leopards.


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