Fast-rising Harambee Stars and Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi could be headed for a professional career in Turkey. Matasi is reported to have attracted Turkish scouts following his virtuoso performance that helped Kenya win the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup Championships at home last year.
The impending move is least surprising given that during the championships, which Kenya won after beating Zanzibar in the final, Matasi kept a record of five clean sheets in six games during open play to be voted the best player and goalkeeper.
Perhaps unbeknown to Matasi, the Turkish scouts keenly followed his performance from the preliminary stage of the competition where he did not concede a single goal up to the finals in which the shot-stopper saved three Zanzibar penalties that secured Kenya a 4-3 win.
Matasi, whose composure in goal throughout the tournament was phenomenal, is rumoured to have attracted interest from some of the Turkey’s League 1 teams including Sivaspor and Trabzonspor through his agent although the information is still scanty.
Reached for comment, Matasi, who has dislodged Boniface Oluoch as Kenya’s first choice keeper, said negotiations are ongoing but did not want to pre-empt the reports until everything was finalised. “I do not know what the deal pertains.
All what I know is that offers have come from Turkey amongst other quarters, but speaking about it could jeopardise negotiations. I would rather speak about it when the deal is through,’’ he said.
Added Matasi: “Of course, playing in Europe is every player’s dream, but for now, let’s say I am still a Posta Rangers player and whom I’m training with. If the move to Turkey comes into fruition, I will let you know after consulting with my agent.’’
However, Matasi reckons that it was the just-concluded regional championship that opened doors for him for the outside world, adding that he was glad to have been selected the first choice-stopper after gracing the bench for a while.
“It was a good experience being named in the starting line-up in all the matches and I’ve resolved to continue working hard to win the confidence of the technical bench, ’’ he said.