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Keeper Ochieng confident after move to Mathare United

Kakamega School alumnus Job Ochieng is convinced he made the right move after joining SportPesa Premier League side (SPL) side Mathare United on a four-year deal last week.

The young goalkeeper who is a product of the side’s youth team and captained Kakamega School in the national school ball games and the East Africa Ball Games says he had a great chat with coach Francis Kimanzi before inking the deal and was encouraged by the club’s urge of promoting the youth to the first team.

“I am happy to have signed a professional contract with Mathare United and cannot wait for the start of the season. I had a good chat with coach Francis Kimanzi before inking the deal and I am convinced I have made the right decision by staying with this club who have given me so much since my childhood days.

“Seeing some of my team mates in the first team last season was thrilling too and was one of the reasons that pushed me to ink a deal and now the hard work begins,” Ochieng said.

The player, however, admitted he will have to do his best if he is to be the first choice keeper at the club. “We have good keepers in the team and mine now is to work hard and be the first choice. When you look at a team like AC Milan they have one of the youngest keepers (Gianluigi Donnarumma) in the world so it’s not about age but belief in oneself.

I have to make sure I am ready when called upon to defend the colours of Mathare United,” Ochieng added. Apart from Ochieng, other –players who have been promoted to first team from last season include Lennox Ogutu, Martin Ongori, Ahmed Ahmad, John Mwangi, David Owino, Andrew Juma and Musa Oundo.

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