Editor's Review

Churchill played for the Kenya Under-18 team in 1995 and also for the Gor Mahia youth team.

Veteran comedian and media personality Daniel Ndambuki popularly known as Churchill is a mainstay in Kenya's entertainment industry.

Well, it is no secret that Churchill is multi-talented, from radio to comedy, to acting. He featured in one of the best locally produced shows ever, Tausi.

However, little is known of his exploits as a talented footballer that had the sky as his limits before a nasty injury robbed him of the chance to probably be Zinedine Zidane's teammate at Madrid, or at Camp Nou alongside the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

File image of Daniel "Churchill" Ndambuki. |Photo| Courtesy|.

In primary school, Churchill possessed outstanding football talent, which earned a full scholarship to high school.

"I grew up with football in Machakos, funny enough we used to have football teams, I started playing football in Primary School for a team known as East Africa Portland Limited.

"I have to tell you, in high school, I never paid school fees because I was on scholarship under the Coca Cola company and that's how I ended up playing football for Kenya Under-18. At that time we were known as Nyayo Stars," he explained.

At Gor Mahia, Churchill played alongside the likes of Tillen Oguta who went on to become a regular for the senior Kenyan National team, Harambee Stars.

Unfortunately, the Classic 105 FM presenter suffered a career-ending injury that affects him to date. He revealed that the injury is the cause of his bouncy back walking style.

He was a calm presence in midfield, which saw his teammates nickname him Zizou like Zinedine Zidane.

"I was not a fast player but I used to settle with the ball every time I get it, if you would run out of options then you give me the ball," he noted.

He remained invested in football even after suffering the injury and proceeded to commentate alongside the famous Jack Oyoo Silvester when he joined Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC).

In a zoom interview organised by Jaza Stadi Initiative CEO Bramwell Karamoja, Churchill shocked Presenter Maina Kageni and Jalang'o with the story of him playing football back in the day.