Date of Birth
November 26th, 1992
Place of Birth
Harun Shakava joined Gor Mahia in January 2014 from Kakamega Homeboyz.
Having played in the premier league for just one season, the club offered the youngster an opportunity to stay afloat in the top tier after his team was relegated at the end of the 2013 season.
Gor Mahia had just won the premier league title for the first time in 18 years and were as expected recruiting to beef up their squad for the new season with the CAF champions league qualifiers coming early in the year, and the signing of the little known Shakava meant there was something worthy of the youngster.
Shakava was impressive in the pre-season and his competitive debut would come on the bigger CAF champions league stage against US Bitam of Gabbon, being preferred to partner David Owino in the heart of defense by coach Bobby Williamson, displacing Musa Mohammed to the right fullback position. His physical characteristics, specifically his height and his developing technique made him the ideal defender for aerial threats . The centre back also knows how to apply his skill on offence and he gives the team additional options on set pieces.
His first goal for the club would come against Tunisian giants Esperance in the CAF champions league, Shakava crushing home a header from a Wanyonyi corner to level the tie at 2-2 but Gor Mahia could not hold off the visitors who sent on to net a third goal to register a vital 2-3 away victory.
But Shakava was learning the ropes as the season progressed and his partnership with the experienced David Owino always offered much more lessons for youngster. He settle in well and would go on to command a starting role throughout the season, as K'Ogalo went on to retain their league title and with it came the youngster's first medal. In the same year he would win his first national team call up and also get nominated in the Footballer of the Year Awards (FOYA) - Defender of the Year category.
To date and in his third season at the club, Shakava has become a main stay in the Gor Mahia starting line-up and with many more years to go in his football career he surely can only just get better.