McDonald Mariga Biography
McDonald Mariga Wanyama was born on 4 April 1987. He is a politician currently running for Member of Parliament for Kibra. He is a former football player who played as a defensive midfielder for Italian club Latina and the Kenya national team, Harambee Stars.
Wanyama made history as the first Kenyan footballer to play in the UEFA Champions League, for Internazionale on 16 March 2010.
McDonald Mariga Age
Mariga was born on 4 April 1987 in Nairobi Kenya, He is 32 years of age as of 2019.
McDonald Mariga Family
His father Noah Wanyama, a left-winger, played for AFC Leopards and the Kenyan national football team. Mariga’s younger brother Victor Wanyama is also a professional football player currently playing for Scottish Premier League side Celtic F.C., while another brother Thomas Wanyama plays for the Kenyan Premier League champions Sofapaka, Another brother Sylvester Wanyama Plays for the Kenya premier league club Sony Sugar. Their younger sister Mercy Wanyama is the captain of Langata High School basketball team, previously she played football and netball.
McDonald Mariga Wife | Daughter
In any case, to put the issues straight, one of Mariga’s relatives has now turned out to uncover that the footballer will really be wedding his long-lasting sweetheart Kenisha, at some point in Spain.
“He has a girl with a blended race lady, Kenisha, and they are intending to get married in Spain in 2019. His more youthful sibling Victor Wanyama will be his best man,” the family source was cited by The Star paper.
McDonald Mariga Joey Muthengi
Joey and Mariga are the brand ambassadors of betting firm Betin and have been highlighted as a couple in one of the organization’s mainstream adverts. The two have featured in multiple scenes and pictures for the betting giant Betin, Hence the rumors about the two being romantically involved, But Joey has refuted the claims stating the two are just involved business-wise.
McDonald Mariga Brother
McDonald has three brothers Thomas Wanyama, Sylvester Wanyama and Victor Wanyama, Victor is a Kenyan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for premier league club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the Kenya Harambe Stars. Thomas Khumba Wanyama also follows the family business and is a Kenyan international footballer who plays for Mathare United, as a defender.
McDonald Mariga Networth | House | Cars
Mariga was once one of the highest-paid footballers from Kenya earning a sum of over $1 million in one of his football contracts, Mariga has also earned a significant amount from the contract with betting company bettin, all this enabling Mariga to live the life he wants. His possessions include a Hammer luxury SUV. But his total exact net worth is still under review and will be updated soon.
Mariga Disqualified | Kibra By-election | Jubilee
Mc Donald Mariga has of recently announced he has retired from football to pursue politics, this decision brings an abrupt end to a career that has spanned over 16 years. He was Unveiled as Jubilee Party’s preferable candidate having scored an impressive 500 out of a total of 600 marks in an interview which also had 16 other contenders on the seat. in his in own words, Mariga said he intends to now give back to the community which has indeed been very supportive of him.
But as of September 10, The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has disqualified McDonald Mariga from participating in the upcoming elections on the grounds that he is not a registered voter as per the 2017 voters register.
Mariga is expected to go to IEBC Disputes Resolutions Tribunal to appeal their verdict stating that he is a registered voter, and he doesn’t know why they can’t find his name.
Mariga was to face off with ODM’s flag bearer Imran Okoth who is also brother to the previous MP for Kibra the late Ken Okoth, other contenders will be among ANC’s Eliud Owalo and Ford Kenya’s Khamisi Butichi in the by-election which is set to be held on November 7.
McDonald Mariga Cleared | Update
IEBC has Finally cleared MacDonald Mariga to keep running for the Kibra by-race to be conducted on November 7.
Mariga requested for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC after Kibra returning official Beatrice Muli said his selection is invalid on grounds that his name was absent from the register of voters.
Mariga’s representative team driven by legal counselor Elisha Ongoyi pushed Muli to concede a mistake on her part and urged the panel to go over the mix-up by overturning the decision so as to let him run
McDonald Mariga Career
Mariga started his playing career at Ulinzi Stars before moving first to Tusker FC and then to Pipeline FC while still at school. Mariga was a member of the Kamukunji High School ‘Golden Boys’, which also included Kenyan striker Dennis Oliech (Auxerre, France), who won two consecutive National Championships in 2002 & 2003.
The central midfielder went to Sweden in 2005 to play for third Division side Enköpings SK. After only one season at ESK, he signed for Helsingborgs IF before the 2006 season. His success at Helsingborgs was immediate. Following initial interest from Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, Mariga looked set to sign for the Premier League team, but work permit issues held up the deal which was supposed to have cost around €2.7million.
McDonald Mariga Parma
McDonald Mariga moved to the Serie A club Parma initially on loan in August 2007. The Italian club had an option to buy him in the summer for a fee of 20 million Swedish kronor (around €2million).
Mariga agreed to a four-year deal to keep him at Serie A side Parma for four years until the end of June 2012, after the club paid a transfer fee for Swedish Kronor 18 million (approx. 1.94 million euros).
The deal, brokered by former Swede great Martin Dahlin, now an agent, falls short of the 20 Million Kronnor asking price initially set by Helsingborgs. 25% of the transfer fee will go to Enkopings SK, the club that first got Mariga to Sweden in 2005.
Mariga played 35 times for Parma in the Serie B during the 2008–2009 season scoring three times to help them back to Serie A for the 2009–2010 season.
In January 2010 he was set to sign for the English Premier League club Manchester City, but he failed to obtain a work permit. It was later stated by Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga that 22-year-old Mariga had eventually obtained a UK work permit but only after the transfer window for the Premier League had closed. Had Mariga successfully signed for Manchester City, he would have been the first player from the Premier League-mad East African country to sign for a club in the top English league.
McDonald Mariga Internazionale
On 1 February 2010, the last day of the transfer window, Mariga moved to Internazionale in a co-ownership deal however he initially attempted a big-money move to Manchester City until a work permit was turned down by the FA.
The transfer fee was a cash plus player deal which Parma got half the registration rights of Jonathan Biabiany and the loan of Luis Antonio Jiménez. Following the move, Internazionale president Massimo Moratti hailed Mariga’s move as the “best thing that could have happened” to the club in the January transfer window. He made his debut for Internazionale in the 1st leg of the 2009 Coppa Italia Semi-Final against Fiorentina. Inter narrowly won the match 1–0.
In March 2010 Mariga became the first Kenyan to play in the UEFA Champions League when he entered the field as a late substitute against Chelsea.
Mariga thought he scored his first goal for Inter on April 24, 2010, against Atalanta when he netted Samuel Eto’s back pass into the roof of the net. However, his shot deflected off Sulley Muntari and the goal was credited instead to the Ghanaian. He also scored a thrashing header against Genoa for the Nerazzuri in a game that ended 3-2.
In June 2010, Inter bought him outright and bought back Biabiany for a reported fee near to €9.5M.
On the 30th of July, McDonald played against his brother’s new club, Celtic, In the Dublin Super cup, a new friendly tournament. His brother did not feature at all in the inter game but played on the following day against an Airtricity League XI, where Celtic Won 5-0.
McDonald Mariga International career
Mariga scored his first international goal for Kenya against Swaziland on 25 March 2007.
McDonald Mariga News
McDonald Mariga: Why I am dumping football for politics
McDonald Mariga has announced he has quit active football in a decision that brings down the curtains on a glittering career spanning 16-years.
Instead, the 32-year old has joined active politics and is set to contest for the Kibra constituency seat as Jubilee Party’s candidate in the forthcoming by-elections in November.
“I have retired from football and have decided to go and give back to the community,” he told journalists.
McDonald Mariga Father
Son of football great, retired coach and administrator Noah Wanyama, and also brother to Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama, Mariga is considered among the best footballers of his generation.
He also is East Africa’s most successful footballer courtesy of the Uefa Champions League, Italy’s Serie A, and Coppa Italia titles he won at Inter Milan under the guidance of famed coach Jose Mourinho in 2011.
In his prime, he was an energetic box-to-box midfielder with a lethal right foot and his style of play entailed bulldozing the midfield with crunch tackles and lung-bursting runs at the center of the pitch in a style of play likened with former France World Cup winner Patrick Vieira.
Mariga evidently started slowing down five years ago, and never fully recovered from a crucial ligament injury he sustained while playing for Parma in Italy in 2012.
His football journey to the very top commenced when he caught the eye of European scouts while representing Kamukunji High School in his teenage years.
McDonald Mariga Children
The father of one would later commence his football career at Kenyan Premier League side Kenya Breweries (now known as Tusker), before moving to the defunct Kenya Pipeline in Kenya’s top-flight league.
He then transferred to Sweden, initially at third-tier club Enokpings, before getting a better deal at Helsinborgs, a first-tier club in the same country, where he played alongside Swedish great Henrik Larson.
A string of impressive performances earned him a breakthrough move to Parma in 2007 from where he was briefly linked with English sides Manchester United and Manchester City before Inter came calling.
He has also enjoyed stints at European clubs Latina, Real Sociedad, and Real Oviedo.
Critics say he never quite managed to transfer his club form while on national team duty and failed to help Harambee Stars qualify for any major tournament.
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