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Premier League footballer with a passion for plumbing

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Bidco Football Club striker Stephen Waruru has another passion: plumbing.

When he is not terrorizing goalkeepers from opposing teams in the Kenya Premier League (KPL), he is exercising his dexterity at fixing pipes.

”Strive to be proud of your hustle; don’t feel ashamed,” he recently told TV47 Digital. “Earn and save because one day, that small gain will add up to something major.”

Waruru was the top scorer in the 2011-2012 KPL season, with 12 goals under his boots.

In 2017, Waruru was playing for Ulinzi Stars, a team comprising of members of the Kenya Defense Forces. It is here that he acquired skills that were the bedrock of his plumbing business.

β€œI was a humble boy with huge dreams of making it to a professional level,” he says.

Growing up in Thika, a cosmopolitan town famous for pineapple production, Waruru sold pineapples for subsistence. “It was not easy,” he says.

Waruru showcases his accolades during the glory days at Ulinzi Stars. PHOTO/COURTESY

Once his playing time was deemed surplus by then Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso, Waruru decided to use the off-pitch skills he had acquired while with the cllub: Plumbing; exhauster services, septic tank cleaning.

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Six years down the line, he says this is the best decision he has ever made. Now, he has curved a niche in Thika town.

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the wisdom in this decision came to the fore. Waruru was among 10 players axed by KCB. When the league resumed, he trotted back to the pitch in a Bidco United FC jersey.

Waruru has climbed up the ranks to captain the team.

Waruru celebrates scoring in his trademark “shooting at opponents” gesture. PHOTO/COURTESY

Besides plumbing, Waruru also owns a fleet of Matatu’s that ply the Thika-Nairobi route. “Courage and willingness to venture into something new is the secret to success,” he says.

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