Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has enjoyed a two day visit to Kenya on Friday and Saturday where he met local fans and an inspirational female referee.
Female referee Tabitha Wambui Njoroge, who won the best Kenyan referee’s award in 2014, had an emotional encounter with the former Gunner on Friday night when she surprised guests by breaking down in tears moments after she had started reading her speech at the ‘Made of Black’ event as she stood alongside the French striker.
As she struggled, she told the hushed audience that she just couldn’t believe she was meeting the World Cup star and how the honour of meeting a player she described as ‘one of the best footballers in our generation’ had weighed down on her.
Henry leapt to her assistance and went to comfort the referee and later hailed widow Tabitha as a role model of women in the game for entering a male dominated field best with challenges and coming out tops.
“I watched the video of Tabitha and I must say she is an inspiration to many. While success is looked at from different perspectives by different people, her story is encouraging to many.” – Thierry Henry
On Saturday, the Highbury hero met Kenyan fans on Saturday evening at the ‘Guinness Fanzone’ held at RFUEA Impala grounds.
Even though he was flanked by security who never left his side, Henry managed to meet fans and posed for selfies with them.
Before leaving Kenya, Henry promised to come back and for more nyama choma.
“I just want to say asante, and I will be back for sure. Thank you Kenya, thank you Nairobi,” he told the crowd.