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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected sporting activities across the world and Kenya has not been left behind.

With all sporting activities in the country including the Kenya Premier League currently suspended, a number of players have had to come up with ways to survive and keep fit while at it.

With many now training remotely and a number of clubs unable to fully cater for their salaries, some players have been forced to venture into business to make ends meet. One such player is John “Mavado” Mwangi who plays for Mathare United.

The midfielder took a loan and started three businesses in Kiamaiko. Apart from having an ice cream parlour (Creamy King), “Mavado” also does meat delivery and owns hot showers (Candy Rain).

“I would love to give my family a better life and that means I have to work hard off the pitch since football is not paying well at the moment. That’s why I acquired a loan and opted to invest in these businesses” he told Nation Sports.

Mwangi did his research and found a number of business opportunities in Kiamaiko and decided to give them a shot.

“After brainstorming with my friend Adan we saw a niche since meat dealers didn’t have a place to shower before and after work.

“Covid-19 virus also calls for high levels of cleanliness and that’s why we set up the hot shower business.

“We started the ice cream business for customers to enjoy a desert after their meals here at Kiamaiko. We also deliver meat using boda boda riders to customers who can’t come to Kiamaiko.”

Mwangi is a product of the famed Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). He has managed to break to the senior team and has dreams of playing in the major leagues of Europe.

“I still dream of playing in one of the major leagues in Europe. I live with my mother and she keeps encouraging me.

“That’s why I’m training hard because you never know what the future holds. We are in a difficult situation but I believe football will be back soon”he told Nation.

Mwangi is among footballers who have decided to get into other lines of business to cushion themselves from the adverse effects of Covid-19. He joins Nairobi City Stars defender Wesley Onguso who ventured into boda boda business in Kawangware.

 All Photos used in this story are courtesy of Chris Omollo of Nation Media Group.

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