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Before I do anything, I recite my prayer – Solomon Okia

Starting or not, when you are meant to score, at the end of the day, you will score. Coming off the bench (against Tunisia) and scoring was a beautiful thing. When I was called for training, I didn’t expect to score because games are always hard in their different ways. My aim was to get on the team and help the team, and build a strong system. When my chance came, I was so glad and I just felt myself moving on and on. The last game (against Zimbabwe), I know, was sad even for the players. I didn’t even get the chance to score. I believe with more play time I would have scored.

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Against Tunisia, I was very excited for that run. My head was burning, my heart was pumping so fast. My mind kept telling me to keep pushing. At some point, I thought to myself that I could balance sevens and fifteens and decided to keep running. Against Morocco, I was torn between passing to Michael (Wokorach) or go around my opponent. I decided to add another try to my count because as a winger, I need to score. I decided to go and voila! Try time! The game against Zimbabwe was quite hard. They were fast and had their notes about our quick people and they kept us out. I am sure a few additional minutes would have done me good.

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Before I do anything, I recite my prayer. I asked the Lord to help me make good out of Dubai (2017). Little did I know, something great was bound to happen. I had to utilize every chance I had. It kept happening throughout the tournament but not forgetting the team, they pushed me a lot.

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At the moment, I am supposed to be in Nairobi but I do have things to take care of back at home. I cannot just rush off without sorting out issues at hand. I have some family to catch up with, some business to get down to.

At the moment, my cousin and I are trying to add a few things to our home setup and improve their livelihood. I also have school to go to as I am doing an ICT related course. Notably, there is a woman out there I have to take care of.

After rugby, I see myself settling down and in case I get any kids, I want to introduce them to rugby. I also hope to take the sport outside the central region to other parts. I also want to go into career guidance for youngsters advising them on the fact that life is bigger than anything so it needs a learned/educated background.

I have been called Maaso before with many people hoping to get me mad. It started when I was a kid at school because I do have big eyes. The name grew on me, as it reflected how I looked. I decided to take it on because I really do have the eyes. It’s okay to have a nick name. It also gets funny because people ask me if I sleep with them open or closed.

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