Kenya Police FC striker Elvis Rupia was on target in their 1-1 draw with his former side AFC Leopards in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.
The lethal Harambee Stars forward fired home in the 35th minute to break the deadlock in favour of the law enforcers but did not celebrate finding the back of the net.
Rupia who left AFC Leopards at the start of the season instead covered his mouth and walked after scoring contrary to the known celebrations that he would have pulled.
In an interview with Citizen Sports, the Kenya international has explained the reason behind his actions noting that it was a show of respect for his former employers AFC Leopards.
“It was obvious and to those who understand will quickly interpret. I just decided not to celebrate the goal,” he said.
Rupia quit AFC Leopards at the start of last season for Saudi Arabia’s FC Bisha but did not last long in the Middle East signing for Police FC in the January transfer window.
Before his departure from the den, head coach Patrick Aussems had staked him with the armband after captain Isaac Kipyegon had left the club for defending champion Tusker.
Having inked a one-year deal at Police FC, Rupia now says his focus is to give everything on and off the pitch for his current employers.
“Life is very wonderful and we appreciate it because everything is in order and we now have to focus on what is ahead after today’s draw which is a good point for us,” he added.
Former Police FC striker John Mark Makwatta equalized from the spot in the 82nd minute on his second AFC Leopards debut to condemn the game to a 1-1 draw.