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The journey starts now for Bruce Kamau


Throughout Adelaide United’s spectacular resurgence, fans have been treated to glorious goals, frequent victories and a focused and determined team. But perhaps the most tantalizing and enjoyable part of the revival has been the emergence of potential superstar Bruce Kamau.

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The talented winger who displays impeccable pace and a handy set of skills has burst onto the scene in recent months, assisting Adelaide’s rise tremendously.

“It’s been fantastic and so enjoyable for me to be a part of,” Kamau told InDaily.

“The confidence is so high and we have been winning… it’s also a great group of boys so it’s been a great season so far”.

While Kamau produced a few inspiring substitute appearances early in the season, it has been his most recent performances that have everyone talking.

A few weeks ago on a cold chilly night in Melbourne, Bruce Kamau transformed from boy to man with a stunning game, capped off with a moment he will never forget.

With scores level and time almost out, Kamau received the ball in a dangerous area inside the box. Without any hesitation or indecision he powerfully struck the ball, deflecting it off an opposition defender and into the back of the net.

Kamau had scored the winner, but this wasn’t just any regular winner – this was the goal to defeat Melbourne Victory in Melbourne.

“It was pure elation for me in that moment just knowing we were going to beat Victory.

“We hadn’t beaten Victory in five seasons away so knowing I made a contribution just made me very happy”.

This confidence and momentum Kamau gained continued into the following week against Brisbane.

He scored again with a lovely left foot finish and terrorized defenders with his frenetic pace and turning ability.

And when coach Guillermo Amor eventually subbed him, Kamau received a standing ovation from the Coopers Stadium crowd.

“That was another great moment for me.

“The whole game was as well… scoring the goal the week before just got the ball rolling I think.

“I gained a lot of confidence and certainly played that way against Brisbane”.

Kamau’s current success is not rocket science either, with the man himself putting it down to one very simple factor.

“I think just getting more time on the pitch has helped me a fair bit. It’s hard to get into the game and make an impact playing 20-30 minutes off the bench.

“Playing more minutes and being in that winning environment has really helped me develop”.

Kamau’s rise and emergence from talented young footballer to a crucial part of an A-League team has been a long journey.

He was born in Kenya in 1995 and lived there for four years before leaving for Australia in 1999.

“I can’t remember too much about living in Kenya at all to be honest.

“The only thing I remember was when our plane first landed in Australia- but I can’t even remember leaving Kenya.

“The reason we left was because of the better opportunities in Australia”.

Once in Australia, Kamau certainly didn’t waste any time developing an interest for football.

“I started playing the first year I arrived in Australia.

“My older brother started playing at school and then he was spotted by coaches from a club and was told he should go play there.

“I went and watched him play because I was young and didn’t wanted to be left at home.

“I just went and watched and it sort of all started”.

From there Kamau joined Eastern United, progressed to Adelaide Olympic and eventually signed with Adelaide United.

This season has already surpassed all of Kamau’s wildest expectations, but with a bit of luck things could be getting even better shortly.

With just five regular season A League games remaining, the Reds have the opportunity to firstly clinch the minor premiership and then win the title – something unthinkable early in the season.

Kamau is certainly excited about all of this but admits it’s important everyone keeps calm and stays focused.

“I just need to continue playing consistently whenever I am on the pitch.

“Hopefully I can keep playing and scoring and just helping the team in any way possible.

“We certainly believe we can win it but we need to take it one game at a time”.

As the Reds embark on this exciting chapter, Kamau will be an important and noticeable presence.

His pace will be crucial, his evasiveness concerning for opposition and his goal scoring ability a key.

This is a man with the world at his feet and what’s scariest for opponents – his career is only just starting to begin.

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