Kenya international Albert Muema has confessed his readiness to don the Harambee Stars jersey if given the opportunity by head coach Engin Firat.
The 30-year-old Muema, who currently features for Austrian 2 Liga outfit UFC Schutzen believes he has earned enough experience during his many years playing in top European leagues and could be a good addition to the squad as Kenya prepares to co-host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
“As a player, you always harbour the dream and ambitions to represent your national team during your prime career playing time and I am not an exception,” Muema told Africa Top Sports, adding: “It will be great if I get the chance, I am ready to dorn the jersey, I am ready to score goals because that is what I like doing and make history with the team.”
Muema moved to UFC Schutzen from another Austrian side FC Monchoff and signed a short-term six-month contract. His notable performance for Monchoff came against top-of-the-table USV Halbturn where they won 2-1. He further scored the winning goal by dribbling around the keeper and putting the ball into the empty net. Against UFC Tadten, he also scored the equalising goal with a glancing header from a near-impossible angle in the near post for the game to end 1-1.
These performances saw Schutzen come for his services in June and he has gone ahead to bang in five goals from 10 matches. He scored the winning goals against SV Morbisch and SC Eisenstadt. “I have already scored five goals for Schutzen and I want to continue scoring goals, the league is currently on a recess because we are in winter but I just want to keep working hard and I know before the end of the season, I will have achieved something great with the team,” said Muema.
On his new club Schutzen, Muema said: “It is a good step for me but I will keep working hard and use this chance as a stepping stone to improve my career. It is a club in which I can see myself growing because so far they have treated me very well, and given me a lot of respect, which is very vital,” adding: “The coach is also a good father, he has kept encouraging me and I am looking forward to repay his faith in me with a couple of goals before the season ends.”
Muema started his playing career in Kenya with Ligi Ndogo, where he was among the triumphant youngsters who travelled for the Keele tournament staged in 2010. He trained briefly with Tusker in 2014 under coach Francis Kimanzi for three months before he chose to study and play in Australia.
He had great success, leading to winning a trophy with Broadbeach United in Australia’s Coast Premier League. In 2015, he won the Brisbane Premier League title with Eastern Surburd FC before plunging to the more lucrative National Premier League in Australia with Oakleigh Cannons FC.
He has also played for MFK Lokomotíva Zvolen in Slovakia and Serbian First Division side FK Sindeljic.