'We will get the Job done,' assures Ochieng

Mathare United keeper Job Ochieng' in action in a past league match.

Mathare United custodian Job Ochieng is eyeing his second clean sheet of the season in the Slum Derby slated for Saturday at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Ochieng, 21, has emerged as the first choice this season under Salim Ali and has kept one clean sheet in three matches.

The lads registered their first win last time out against Ulinzi Stars and Ochieng is hoping to do his part between the sticks to help the team make it back-to-back wins by picking maximum points against Kariobangi Sharks.

“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,” said Ochieng'.

For the first time in his Mathare United career, Job Ochieng is enjoying a consistent run of games having started the first three league fixtures to considerable success.

“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.

Learn from the best

Ochieng joined the club in January of 2018 straight after completing his O levels at Kakamega High School and in the two years he has been at the club, he has gotten the chance to watch and learn from some of the best keepers in the business.

Forced to bide his time as Robert Mboya, Wycliffe Kasaya, Levis Opiyo, David Okello and Allan Owiny excelled, Ochieng harboured desire to be first choice and having achieved this he thanks Okello for helping him remain grounded.

“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.

Okello’s role

“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,” Ochieng said amid a chuckle.

The former Green Commandos keeper has kept one clean sheet in three matches so far and is yet to concede from open play. He has only conceded twice from set-peice situations - a penalty and a freekick.

Since their promotion to the top tier in 2017, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the lads against Sharks as the team has only registered one win in six outings which came in August 2018.