Stephen Rigby – National Director – Nairobi
Stephen Rigby was born and raised in Chicago, USA where his love for the game grew. He played at Wheaton College in the USA earning All-American honours and then continued his career in the USA playing for the Cleveland City Stars in the USL 2nd Division. He came to Kenya in 2007 and played for World Hope FC (now Nairobi City Stars) in the KPL before retiring from competitive football. He continued serving with Ambassadors Football as a missionary in football while he was the General Manager of the Nairobi City Stars from 2009-2011. He has completed the TREC Level 3 coaching course and has many years of experience with football ministry in Kenya.
Nicholas Macharia – Office Manager/Coach
‘Masha’ as he is commonly known studied Social Work and has completed TREC level 1,2 and 3. He has also gone through English Premier Skill coaching level 1 & and 2 as well as Coerver coaching course. Nicholas assists the Kenyan National Director with the running of Ambassadors Football activities. Having grown in the slums for 19 years, his passion is to see the unprivileged community empowered through football ministry. He combines his social work skills such as counselling and mentoring together with the coaching skills to achieve this.
Ricky Mwati – Club Director/Community Coach
‘Ricky’ has grown up in Nairobi, Kenya and has spent the past 3 years coaching sports. He has enjoyed learning and experiencing the unique blend of cultures that he works with on and off the sports field. While many folk think that he is an extraordinary sports coach, he still thinks he has a long, long way to go! His expertise revolves around soccer and his wish is to gain professional knowledge and experience in soccer to comfortably deliver world class coaching on the field.
Off the field Ricky is a teacher (mwalimu) and assists in various capacities at his local church. Ricky remains passionate about the gospel of Jesus, youth empowerment and welfare improvements for the majority of Kenyans. He is also our prayer coordinator. His favourite food is chapati with chicken and stew. Fried fish with ugali does him a lot of good too!
Tiberius Muthomi – Intern
Tibe, as people call him, finished his High School Course in 2011 and joined Ambassadors the same year. He completed his TREC Level 1 in 2014 and is a talented player who has played with Petra Boys FC, ICC FC and Naivas FC. Tibe works with Jabali School during the week, with Ambassadors FC at Rosslyn on the weekends, and has a passion to see young people grow spiritually and physically.
Josephine Waithira – Administrator and Communications
Josephine is a young lady who has a zeal for the work of the Lord. She liked football when she was young and even played in school but due to lack of motivation her passion for football died. She is now glad to work with people who love, play and use football to reach out to world. Josephine loves writing and hanging out with friends when she is not working.
Brian Wainaina – Marketing and Communications Intern
Brian is among the youngest Ambassadors. A devoted Manchester United fan, He loves football and enjoys working off the field doing marketing as well as communication for Ambassadors Football. When not in the office, he is either eating or interacting with his friends and family.
Samuel Kinyanjui (Kinyash) – TREC Coordinator
Born in Nairobi, ‘Kinyash’ is a young enthusiastic person who is passionate about football. He developed his love for the game back in primary school. He joined Ambassadors football in 2003 as a player and has undergone both TREC 1 and 2 in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Apart from Ambassadors football, he is also the team manager and is also in charge of logistics at Nairobi City Stars Football Club which participates in the Kenya Premier League. When he isn’t involved in football, Kinyash loves eating ugali, swimming and socializing with his family and friends.
Hezbon Shake – Intern
Shake is a talented footballer who enjoys playing in defence. Fuelled with a passion for ministry, Shake plays an important role in assisting the running of our club at Imara. Since 2014 when he joined Ambassadors Football Kenya, he has been a favourite to his colleagues and the children he coaches. Shake who has completed both TREC 1 and 2 also coaches in our home school programs.
When not in the field, he loves to tweet and watch a good Manchester United game. He also loves having gospel centred fellowships and listening to Jesus music.
Raphael Laparan – Intern
Raphael is a committed team player who loves reaching out to the lost. He has completed TREC level 3 and uses his coaching experience to impact the lives of those he coaches. He helps manage the children’s club and assists the office in creativity and design. He is an Arsenal supporter and loves fellowship and playing football with his friends.