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AFC Leopards legend Josephat ”Controller” Murilla, is a man whose story reads like a page from a book of Greek mythologies. It is a tall order for a defender to complete an entire season without a card, be it red or yellow. However, Controller finished his long career with no red card, and only a single yellow card. Incredibly, he was defending for the club at a time when action was jam-packed. In his career which began in the 70s and crossed over to the 90s, he helped the club clinch four league titles and an unbelievable four CECAFA titles; each for every league title. Details are now revealed on the single infamous yellow card that ruined what would have otherwise been a spotless record.
Murilla had played for a string of small but notable teams outside the league before finally landing a spot on the lineup of the iconic AFC Leopards team. He was spotted by Ingwe while playing for Abananda Football Club. At the time, AFC was under the stewardship of coach Kiberu. This was in 1978.
For the following 15 years, Josephat “Controller” Murilla, would go through a fifteen year career with no red card at all, and only a single yellow card.
The unfortunate incident that led to the yellow card happened when he was on national duty for Harambee Stars. This means that for all the years that he played club football, he maintained a clean sheet. The card didn’t occur on home soil but, as a matter of fact, on foreign land; Zanzibar.
In a sad state of affairs that has become AFC Leopard’s current form, it remains only a painful nostalgic memory that with Murilla, the lowest that Ingwe ever went on the standings table was position two. Never did the Leopards ever slump to position three.
Murilla, who would also go by the nickname “Attorney General” got that name because of the way he laid the law down for the other players at AFC. He played the role of an elder brother, always making sure that his teammates toe the line.
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