Hillary Echesa has retired after 20-years of service to the beautiful game.
Echesa, brought to an end a long journey that began at Nakuru Youth Olympics decades ago. as he heads into football administration.
A statement from the midfielder read:
The start is always scary and the ending so sad but what matters is in between that is worth…As I close the curtains of my football career as a player for over 20yrs,I would like to say how much this football can transform any individual who aspires to play and make a mark on his/her career.
I take this opportunity to thank abundantly all Nakuru football fraternity where it all started. Respect to coach Sammy Abida(RIP)Gabriel Muraya TM(RIP) and our father figure coach Sammy Nyongesa.would like to extend my appreciation to Nakuru youth Olympics Alumni for your all much-needed support.
I also grateful to all clubs I rendered my service as a player both locally and abroad you will always be in my heart, and not forgetting our sports journalists who made the world to know our sportsmen and women of this beautiful game of this country. As I transit to football administration it’s my privilege to be part of this so much loved sport.
“I also grateful to all clubs I rendered my service as a player both locally and abroad, you will always be in my heart and not forgetting our sports journalists who made the world to know our sportsmen and women of this beautiful game of this country.
“I feel privileged to transit to football administration, and continue playing soccer as a team manager.”
Echesa has had illustrious career both locally and abroad, turning out for 13 different clubs including record Tanzanian champions Yanga and Rwanda side Rayon Sports.
The veteran midfielder began his KPL journey from Nzoia Sugar between 2001 and 2003 before moving to Ulinzi Stars, Mumias Sugar then Yanga.
He also turned out for the Royal Malaysia Police Football Association (PB PDRM), Tusker before ending his career at Sofapaka. He made 31 appearances for the national team, Harambee Stars and scored six goals altogether.
He also joins his fellow playmate cum now coach John Baraza at the team’s technical bench.
What a player, what a career. We at Sofapaka are happy to have him and his wealth of experience on board.