- Former AFC Leopards captain Martin Imbalambala is suffering from complications that have made him partially blind but he hopes against all odds to get back to the pitch.
Imbalambala made his name at Leopards, Nakumatt, Vihiga United, and Kakamega Homeboyz. But unfortunately, he was ruled out of action in September 2018 after he got partially blind.
Residing at his home in Lisaswa Village, Vihiga County, Imbalambala has appealed for financial help to seek treatment. He has been out of action for two and the complication has made him rely on a guide once in a while as he walks around his.
The former Ingwe defender expressed the faith of returning to the pitch once he has healed. He did not hesitate to express his unconditional love for football.
“Football runs deep in my blood and every time it comes to my mind that I can’t do anything about, I get sad. I am football and football runs deep in me.”
“At 31, I believe I still have a few years to play and I pray to God every day to improve my health so that I can return to doing what I love most. With the treatment that I started last week, I believe I can make it,” expressed Imbalambala.
Imbalambala gave a summary of his health condition since September 2018 after a training session with the national super league side Bidco United. He admits that it has been a difficult journey and called on well-wishers to help him out.
“I was in Thika and after a training session and interactions with guests during the day, I started experiencing signs of Malaria.”
“At around 3 am, things got worse and later own early in the morning, even with light in the room, I couldn’t see properly. I realised that I had a problem with my sight. I was taken to hospital, got some treatment. It kept on and until I have not recovered,” Imbalambala explained.
“I have been self-reliant, fend for my family always but I can’t. I need help. I want to get back to normal life and enjoy life just like other footballers. I not played for two years and we going through thick and thick as a family. We have huge pending bills,” he added.