6 December 2012

Kenya: Happy Goalkeeper Ochieng Attributes Current Form to Trainer Razak Siwa

Harambee Stars custodian Duncan Ochieng has attributed his high flying performance at the ongoing Tusker Cecafa Challenge Cup in Kampala to goalkeepers trainer Razak Siwa.

Ochieng, who has been in a great form for the Stars, conceding only two goals in four matches against strong opponents at the regional tournament, said he is slowly returning to his past form that saw him wear the number one national team jersey with little opposition.

He pulled two great saves against reigning champions and tournament favourites Uganda Cranes in the opening match.

The saves kept the Stars in the match and he could have won the match for Stars had they taken their chances on the opposite side.

Against South Sudan, his authority inside the box barred the tournament debutants from finding the back of the net as Stars won 2-0. In the third match against Africa Cup of Nations' bound Ethiopia, he conceded a deflection later in the match, but Stars went ahead to win 3-1.

In the quarter-final against Malawi, he put up a great performance that barred the Flames from finding the back of the net despite the fact that they had beaten Zanzibar 3-0 in their previous match.

"I am getting better and better as the tournament progresses and I can attribute this to our goalkeeper trainer Siwa who is teaching me great techniques. I think I am almost back to my best form," said Ochieng, who plies his trade for 2009 Tusker Premier League champions Sofapaka.

Siwa has had numerous stints with the national team as well as league sides in Tanzania. Currently he is the goalie trainer of the newly promoted side, Bandari from Mombasa

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