Masoud Juma @KPL
Masoud Juma @KPL

Criticism was my biggest motivator, says Golden Boot winner Juma

Reigning SportPesa Premier League top scorer Masoud Juma says that one of his biggest motivation this season has been negative criticism directed at him.

Juma, who finished the season with 17 goals, said that the disapproval from certain quarters that greeted his call up to the national team Harambee Stars is one reason that really made him work harder to prove to any doubter what his capabilities were.

Quoting from acclaimed footballer and multiple World Player of Year winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Juma said: “You fail the moment you start responding to criticism from fans online. You should concentrate on doing it on the pitch”.

“I didn’t start this season very well. I got an ankle injury in the last match of preseason training and had to be out for the first six games of the season. Immediately I returned I was called up to the national team and that is when the fans started talking. Most talk was negative. That I did not deserve the call p,; that I was being favoured because I was a Sharks players; that what had I achieved to be called to Harambee Stars,” he told

“I don’t know if it is just hatred or if there was something else behind that criticism, but I chose to make it be my source of motivation. I worked harder on my own and promised myself to prove my worth in the national team and my worth as a player,” he said.

Well, Juma is now officially to 2017 league top scorer. He can also lay claim to the lead striker position for Harambee Stars when they play in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that begins on Sunday, December 3 in Kenya.

Concerning the Golden Boot, Juma says that he did not really think about winning the gong. He just concentrated on his personal target of netting 25 goals in the season.

“Sadly I started the season with an injury and missed six games. Maybe I would have met that goal if I had played more games.

“I am however happy with that achievement because it is something that every striker dreams of winning,” he said.

Will he feature in the SPL next season? Juma only offered that his Swedish agent was working to secure a deal for him overseas.

“I still have a contract at Kariobangi Sharks, but I know that if I get a good offer they will not stand in my way,” he said.

History shows that he will likely be moving out of the Kenyan top league. Almost all the SportPesa Premier League top scorers over the past 10 years have in the subsequent season headed to a foreign league in search of more fame and fortune, and to varying degrees of success. But that is another story.


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