Cheche pinpoints Junior Stars player he hopes can be promoted to Harambee Stars ‘soon’

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FKFPL Cheche pinpoints Junior Stars player he hopes can be promoted to Harambee Stars ‘soon’

Mark Kinyanjui 08:54 - 14.12.2023

The Harambee Stars defender has heaped praise on the Spain-based prodigy and also sent a word of advice to all the players in the setup.

Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’ has revealed the one Junior Stars player he hopes will be promoted to the senior setup after impressing at the recently concluded CECAFA U18 Boys Championships.

Junior Stars lost at the final hurdle to Uganda despite obliterating every team on their way to the final but had to endure extra-time heartbreak. However, there was plenty to be optimistic about their future following impressive displays.

Cheche has revealed that the side’s Spain-based captain Amos Wanjala is a “good player” and hopes he can be promoted to the senior side soon.

“I think Wanjala the center back, the man with the armband. He is a good player and I hope soon enough, he will sail to the top,” Cheche said.

Cheche has praised the tournament’s setup, revealing why bringing as many football tournaments to Kenya as possible could help grow football in the country.

“The finals were amazing and overall, I believe that the setup and everything, including the security, was good and the fans also turned up because once you bring such tournaments to Kenya, the fans help rally behind the teams.

“The second thing was the players. The under-18 boys performed and I am sure all the fans, me included were happy with their performance. The future is bright and I am sure everyone was happy with what they saw even though we unfortunately lost the final.”

“If you look there are talents everywhere, in the slums, ghettos, rural areas, and even the youth teams. Those boys were given a platform to showcase their talent.

“I watched the Tusker Youth match that took place here (at the Ruaraka Grounds) even before Tusker played Posta Rangers, so football is doing well.”

Cheche has challenged all the up-and-coming young players, including the Junior Stars, to keep their heads down and trust in the process however slow it may seem as it will help them foster good results down the line.

“I would advise the players to keep their heads down. Football’s future is bright in the eyes of the fans, but to a player, things could go haywire, so they must focus. 

“They must not be pressurized and should believe in the process and they will rise slowly. Sometimes, fans push us to the wall as players and you find yourself forgetting who you are. 

“They must accept where they are, relax and soon enough they will get to the top, and in the end, they could even do better than those who were there before.”

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