AC Milan, top Italian football team, is reported to have shown interest in Kenyan striker McDonald Mariga, although no official announcement has been made by club.
The attacking midfielder stars for Kenya’s national team Harambee Stars in the last round of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations/World Cup qualifiers.
“… any player would dream of playing for them (AC Milan). I am confident I can make it if they sign me … but they have not talked to me personally so I am still a Parma player,” Mariga, who plays for FC Parma said in Nairobi over the Christmas holidays.
Mariga said playing for the Milan club would give him an opportunity to feature in the lucrative European Champions League tournament.
“I have played in the UEFA Cup, but it is not the same as the Champions League which is bigger and more lucrative,” he said at his parent’s home in Race Course estate, Nairobi.
Besides striker Dennis Oliech, who is with French Division One side Auxerre FC, the bulk of other notable Europe based Kenyan footballers, including regular captain Robert Mambo, play in the Scandinavia – mainly Sweden.
Parma was relegated last season from the Serie A and Mariga failed to get a top club before the transfer window closed.