Every football fan’s main thing on their bucket list is to watch their favourite teams play live. What’s even more thrilling is watching them play on one of the biggest stages, as Citizen TV‘s Joyce Mukami Wambora did in May 2019.
Mukami, who also happens to be Embu Governor Martin Wambora’s daughter, has had a life-long love for football which drove her from a budding career as a lawyer to join the Citizen TV news team.
What her latest YouTube video released on Sunday August 29 will tell you, she had the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Baku in Azerbaijan to watch the 2018/19 Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal in one of the most anticipated London derbies on Europe’s grand stage.
She described her experience prior to the big game in the city of Baku, where she got to admire the architectural masterpiece of the city as well as interact with the locals there.
During the game, she sat with Arsenal fans and had the chance to interact with Arsenal Fan TV founder and former BBC Radio reggae host Robbie Lyle alongside contributor Troopz.
“Oh my gosh, those are the guys from Arsenal Fan TV,” exclaimed the sports presenter while she mustered up the courage to walk up to them and introduce herself to them, which she eventually did.
Mukami introduced herself to Robbie as a journalist from Kenya and asked for an exclusive interview with them, which they agreed.
“It’s so close, so tight. I’m still confident we are going to get the win,” told Robbie to Mukami at half time, with the scores between Chelsea and Arsenal deadlocked at 0-0.
Mukami then relayed whether Troopz and Robbie would like to be interviewed after the game, which they agreed.
In one of the most hotly anticipated European league finals of the 2018/19 season, Chelsea tore Arsenal apart in sensational second half succession, with goals from Eden Hazard, Pedro and former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud securing a 4-1 win.
The resounding result earned Maurizio Sarri his first major trophy as manager and a second Europa League title for Chelsea in what had then been a season of mixed feelings, despite securing Champions League football for another season following their top four finish.
For Arsenal, the win in this case was necessary as it would have secured them a route to the Champions League for the first time since missing out at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Mukami was as dejected as every other Arsenal fan in attendance, but the reminder of her drive to interview Robbie and Troopz a second time spurred her on.
“It was a very poor performance, 0-0 at halftime then we concede four goals in the second half. How many more times is the team going to let the fans down,” revealed Robbie to Mukami who expressed his disappointment at the manner of defeat befallen upon the Arsenal team at the time.
Robbie called for the entire club to do some introspection of themselves in the manner at which they have been culpable of capitulation of standards they were so used to in the early years under former manager Arsene Wenger.
Outside the stadium Mukami took note of the proper interview Arsenal Fan TV was conducting, whose videos heavily trend on social media for every Arsenal defeat.
In her video, she hilariously mimicked the sentiments of the disappointed Arsenal fans who couldn’t believe what they watched.
She then approached Troopz for an interview, which he agreed.
“Depressed. I don’t know what to say. It is what it is. It’s done.” commented Troopz who was beyond shocked at the result.
“Everything went wrong. Everything. The whole mentality just dropped. Everytime we go 1-0 down the heads just drop. We knew when we went 1-0 down what was going to happen” added Troopz.
He was then joined by a fan who aired out his complaints and promised not to waste his time watching his team play in the Europa League the following season on television.
Mukami drowned her disappointment of Arsenal in the Europa League final the following day with a tour of Baku.
Despite the defeat, Mukami lauded her experience watching the game live alongside the fans, an experience she would never forget.
The journalist went to the University of Liverpool for her Law degree before returning to Kenya to work at the legal department of a local bank.
It was during her part-time work as a sports presenter at Capital FM that she decided her future was better placed in media than in the legal profession.
Mukami, who also played for the Liverpool University team as a striker, left radio and joined Bamba Sports, a free-to-air sports channel, where she stayed for a year, thereafter joining Citizen TV.
Throughout her career, the Tusker FC and Arsenal fan has been fortunate to interact with sports superstars like former Manchester United and Arsenal captains Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henry respectively.
She became an internet sensation in 2019 after a video showing her dribbling on live TV surfaced online.
Her dribbling skills impressed netizens and a section of fans who had then been invited to the show to share their remarks regarding the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
In the video shared by Citizen TV, Mukami is seen dribbling the ball before scoring an amazing goal.
“Very good afternoon to you and welcome to Viva Africa 2019. The reason I am a little out of breath as you’ve seen it for yourself, just showing some people who never thought I could play football I can also talk about football and play football,” she revealed at the time.
Mukami is one of the top sport anchors in the country, and even traveled to Russia to cover the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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