Aldrine Kibet: Setback for Kenya’s Soccer Star as ‘Magical’ Boots Vanish Before Uganda Showdown

In a surprising turn of events, Aldrine Kibet, the young prodigy of Kenya’s Junior Stars, found himself in a predicament as his cherished football boots mysteriously disappeared following the CECAFA clash with Tanzania at Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium.

Expressing his dismay on social media, Kibet revealed that he inadvertently left his boots at the technical bench area while joining his teammates in celebrating the victory over Tanzania. The loss was felt keenly by the player, who urged the unidentified individuals to return the boots before the crucial Kenya-Uganda clash. In a plea, he even hinted at compensating the finder, emphasizing the sentimental value of the footwear.

Kibet’s plea resonated with his mother, Valerie Chebet, who confirmed the unfortunate incident. “He lost his boots when the fans stormed the field to celebrate with them, and at this point, they cannot be found,” she lamented.

Despite this setback, Kibet has been in stellar form since the commencement of the regional games on November 25. His exceptional performance includes scoring on the tournament’s opening day and contributing significantly to Kenya’s 5-0 victory over Sudan, where he not only netted a goal but also provided an assist for another. This international duty marked a significant milestone for the 17-year-old, who gained prominence during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) ball games earlier this year.

In a display of resilience, Kibet had joined the Tarragona-based Nastic Soccer Academy (NSA) in Spain after his standout performance with St. Anthony’s Boys. Alongside teammates Amos Wanjala and Alvin Kasavuli, Kibet has now become an integral part of the under-18 Rising Stars national team.

As the anticipation builds for the clash against Uganda, Kibet’s focus is not only on the game but also on the hope of reuniting with his ‘magical’ boots, which have become an essential part of his football journey.