The inspiring Ronald Okoth story: From an unknown player in Siaya to becoming club CEO

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Ronald Okoth, the newly appointed CEO of Sofapaka, retired from playing in 2022 to take on his new role at the club. Thirteen years ago, Okoth did not envision himself as the CEO of Sofapaka FC. Originally, his focus was on gaining more playing minutes and potentially joining a professional football club in Kenya. He began his career at local clubs such as Siaya Rangers and Nairobi Salem before joining Congo United in 2011.

After catching the eye of Gor Mahia while playing for Congo United, Okoth went on to play for various clubs including Mathare United, Mahakama FC, Nairobi Stima, Western Stima, and KCB before eventually retiring at Sofapaka. In addition to his playing career, Okoth also obtained a CAF coaching license and established the R.O Sports Soccer Academy, with branches in Westlands and Eastlands, dedicated to nurturing young talents. He is also involved in mentorship programs for young athletes and serves as a football pundit on media platforms, sharing his insights and analysis of the sport. Okoth emphasized the importance of making the most of opportunities locally and expressed contentment with his achievements.

He noted that his focus was not solely on playing abroad, but on maximizing every opportunity with local clubs. He confirmed the news of his appointment as CEO on social media and expressed gratitude to Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa for trusting him with the position. He pledged to prioritize talent development at Sofapaka and work towards returning the club to its winning ways. Okoth urged others to join him on this journey, emphasizing the club’s commitment to creating a progressive football atmosphere and encouraging unity to drive the club’s success.

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