Baraza calls time on illustrious career

Baraza celebrates after scoring in a past match (Photo credits: Sofapaka)

Baraza celebrates after scoring in a past match (Photo credits: Sofapaka)

Former Kenyan international John Baraza has announced his retirement from actively playing after a career spanning over two decades.

Baraza, who until last season featured for Sofapaka took to Facebook, on his official page to bid fans and Kenyan football bye and thanked his former coaches and colleagues.

Baraza first played for Nzoia Sugar and later went on to win the league in 2001 and 2002 with Oserian.

He has also played for IF Sylvia in Sweden, Yanga in Tanzania, PDRM Polis of Malaysia, Rayon Sports of Rwanda, and Chemelil Sugar FC before joining Sofapaka where he won the league title with the side in 2009 and the GOtv Shield in 2013.

On the international scene, he won the CECAFA title with Harambee Stars in 2002 and was also part of Harambee Stars’ squad that featured at the 2004 AFCON tournament, scoring one goal.

“Yes time has come….right time I guess to say bye to the game we all love … The beautiful game (football). As I walk away from playing the game, I would like to say a big thank you to the people who throughout a long way in my long playing career they propelled me into a mentionable figure in the football industry, they helped me scoop lots of awards and championship medals,” he posted.

He went on to thank the current Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin for his role in the striker’s career.

“Coach Twahir Muhiddin stands out because he never gave up to show me how to score goals even when I kept on missing lots of goals, so sincerely speaking, in him I learnt  the art of scoring.

“In international circles I would like to thank, Ghost Mulee, he gave me the chance to get on the platform and I think I did not disappoint because we won CECAFA in 2002 and qualified for the AFCON in Tunisia 2004,” he added.