The rise of Mwanahalima Jereko Adam

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Kenya’s football rising star striker Mwanahalima Jereko Adam was nominated for the Most Promising Player award in the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA), Kenya’s premier sports awards.

The teenage sensation had a spectacular 2016, scoring the equalizer for Kenya in the away match against Algeria in the last round of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) qualifiers.

The goal proved vital as Kenya managed to qualify for the continental showdown for the first time ever courtesy of away goals rule after both sides were tied at 3–3 at the end of the second leg.

Popularly known as “Dogo”, she eventually missed out on AWCON 2016, as she was sitting KCSE exams.

Aside from AWCON qualifiers, Dogo bagged the Golden Boot in the Kenya Secondary School Games for a record third year in a row in 2016 when she guided St John’s Kaloleni to clinching the national title as well as a spot in the 2016 East African Secondary School Games.

The 20-year-old went on to bag the Golden Ball and Golden Boot in the East African Games as St John’s Kaloleni burst into the finals of the regional tournament.

A swift dribbler with breathtaking speed, Dogo was the only footballer nominated in the 2016 Soya Awards’ Most Promising Player category.

In the same year, she was among the nominees for the Sports Person of the Year award at the Pwani Celebrity awards.

She moved to two-time champions Thika Queens from Mombasa Olympic early this year.

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