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Goalkeeper Stephen Ochieng ready to fight for starting place at Ulinzi Stars

Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Stephen Ochieng in action. Photo: Ulinzi Stars

Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Stephen Ochieng has revealed that he is determined to fight for a starting place in Benjamin Nyangweso’s side.

Ochieng has kept three clean sheets in the five appearances he has made for the former FKF Premier League champions this season.

Though the 13th placed Ulinzi Stars have been blowing hot and cold, Ochieng says the healthy competition between him and first choice goalkeeper James Saruni is for the good of the team.

“I feel good being called upon and slotting in perfectly. I know that when the team is depending on me I can step up and fill the gap to help the team,” said Ochieng.

“I have set a bar and have shown that I can do it whenever required. I am willing to fight for that position with Saruni because I believe that is healthy competition for the team and it makes us better as a whole.”

Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Stephen Ochieng in action. Photo: Ulinzi Stars

The goalkeeper believes the two-week break has been beneficial to them as they prepare to return to action against title-chasing KCB in Nakuru on Saturday.

“The matches have been coming in thick and fast but match fitness is what matters at such a time and we have that, we are a big team and we have to show that in matches. It is actually helping us because we are transitioning from one match to the other with hunger, from one battle to the other until we win the war,” said Ochieng.

“Now we have a small break and we will use that to our advantage.”

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