Mathare United custodian Job Ochieng is pleased with how the new season has started for him in his new found role as the team’s main man between the sticks and he is targeting more improved performances as the season progresses.
Job has dislodged veteran keeper David Okello to become head coach Salim Ali’s favoured option as the last line of defence and the young keeper is grateful to the two for the role they have played in his rise.
“My confidence has grown immensely this season and all this is down to the fact that the coaches have put faith in me,” said the 21-year-old shot-stopper is quoted as saying on Mathare’s official portal.
“I am lucky because I am at a club that has rich history in Kenyan football, also lucky that I get the chance to work day to day with Okello who is a big brother to me.
“He has helped in many ways both on and off the pitch. Before every game I talk to him and he helps me calm my nerves. After a game we also talk and he gives me insights about my performance. He is a veteran and I’ve really learnt a lot from him,” he said.
The former Green Commandos player has featured in all three of Mathare’s league fixtures where they have won one and drawn two and in all three fixtures he has conceded just twice – from setpieces.
He is hoping to continue with this form for the upcoming clash against Kariobangi Sharks this Saturday. A team he has faced off against once, back in 2018 where he claimed a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.
“If I start on Saturday it will be my second game against Sharks. I started against them last season and kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw so I will be hoping for another shutout.
“But most importantly is for the team to win. So I will do my best in my role and hope this will inspire the rest of my teammates to go out there and get the result,” he opined.
Saturday’s game, set for the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos from 4:15PM, will be the seventh between the two sides in the league since Sharks’ promotion to the top tier back in 2017 and it has not been smooth sailing for the 2008 KPL champions, who have only registered one win against tomorrow’s opponents, which came in August of last year.
The two sides are having contrasting starts to the season with Mathare sitting 4th with five points after three matches while Sharks are 16th with two points.
The match, the second of a planned double header in Machakos, will be live on KTN News.