Captain of our DC-based football club, Adrian Kidaman is a Nairobi-born playmaker with a penchant for nutmegs and using his first touch to make audacious turns. Here, he outlines his dream five aside team.
Over the past year a lot has happened with Guerrilla. A few of our team members retired or moved away but we've regrouped and recruited some fresh faces.
Yesterday, we dropped our 2018 Umbro Away kit and our mission to bring DC some football culture is still pushing on.
On the footballing front, Guerrilla FC continues to evolve - and as a way of reintroducing ourselves we asked members of the community to give us their dream five aside.
As captain, I'll go first.
GK Santi Canizares
In goal I would have retired Spain international Santi Canizares. I got to know of him
in his Valencia days (early 2000s) when they were bossing it in La Liga. Santi was capped
46 times by the Spanish national team, even though he never managed a start in an international tournament. Valencia’s rise to topple the big two ensured him as a first-choice international for Spain during the 2002 World Cup but he missed out due to an accident with an aftershave
bottle cutting a tendon in his foot. The footy gods are at times foul.
Def Paolo Maldini
Maldini would be my only defender. The legendary Milan defender was a boss of a
player both physically and technically. He is a solid defender but it’s five aside and I need to have
players who are always attacking. His ability to read the game would be crucial in preventing counter attacks - something Guerrilla has always struggled with!
Mid Steven Gerrard
Gerrard for the simple reason that he could go mad at times and win you games through sheer will power.
Mid Zinedine Zidane
Zidane just because I have never seen any player in my life who can boss the game on so many levels.
Free Role Pablo Aimar
His great hair, pace and technique would be trouble for any defence in the world. For those who never got to see him, he was Messi’s idol so that alone justifies his inclusion.
Subs Guti & Robert Pires
Guti for his vision and ability to control the game and Pires just because he was one of the last breed of what I called wonder wingers. They were players who just made it seem as though they were gliding down the wings without a sweat while bringing havoc to the other team’s defence.
While this is a pretty decent team would, I'm not sure if we would win anything with me as a manger. But I do know it would be fun to watch us try.
Words Adrian Kidaman
Edits Justin Salhani