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I rejected the ‘Kenya One’ jersey – Matasi

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi springs away in celebration after saving the match winning penalty from Zanzibar’s Mohammed Issa Juma during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18- Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has revealed that he rejected the chance to don the number one jersey at the recently concluded CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup over what he terms as respect for Gor Mahia’s Boniface Oluoch.Matasi was duly named goalkeeper and player of the tournament after his three penalty saves in the final saw Kenya clinch the title, but he reckons he is still far from getting to the level of his senior Oluoch. “If you notice, I am putting on jersey number 18. When we got into camp before the tournament, they wanted to give me the number one jersey but I refused. For me, Boni (Oluoch) is still Kenya One and I am still learning so many things from him. I am yet to get to his level,” Matasi told Capital Sport.Oluoch hasn’t had such a successful season with Gor Mahia despite playing a role in their run up to clinching the Kenyan Premier League title. Matasi on the other hand has been a pillar for his club Posta Rangers, aiding them to a fourth place finish.“I think I have really grown over time and much credit has to go to my coaches both at the club and national team level and the journey is still continuing,” the shot stopper said.Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi celebrates with FKF boss Nick Mwendwa after helping kenya clinch the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe relived his penalty-saving antics saying it was all down to pre-match preparation and said he was confident that if the game was to be decided on penalties, then he would have stood tall and ensured Kenya won.“I was confident and even when they equalized at 2-2 I told the players to ensure they don’t score the winner because I know on penalties, they wouldn’t beat me. We had trained the previous day and I received some advice from my coach Haggai (Azande) which really worked,” the keeper noted.Matasi now hopes he can put in more yards of hard work to amass more caps for the national team with his eyes set on the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi in September.The keeper says he believes he can attain that mark especially with Arnold Origi now unavailable for Kenya after picking up Norwegian citizenship and his biggest competition being Boniface Oluoch.“My target is the Ghana game and it will make me very proud to don the Kenyan jersey in between the posts. I will work hard and hopefully I can get a few more games to build my confidence. Competition is stiff but I trust that I will achieve that dream,” the goalkeeper added.He only conceded two goals in six matches at the Senior Challenge Cup, both coming in the final against Zanzibar.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

City Council’s meeting dates to change

first_imgPALMDALE – The City Council is expected to change its meeting dates beginning in March. Council members plan to switch meetings from the second and fourth Monday nights of each month to the first and third Wednesday nights. Wednesday nights had been the council’s traditional meeting time, but meetings were changed in 2004 to Monday nights to accommodate Councilman Richard Loa’s job in Sacramento with the Schwarzenegger administration. Loa did not seek re-election in November, so the council decided to switch back to Wednesday nights. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The switch in what weeks the meetings will be held was made to avoid a conflict for Councilman Steve Hofbauer, who attends meetings of the Orangeline Development Authority on the second Wednesday. The authority is working on creating a high-speed train link between Los Angeles and Orange counties. To make the change, council members must vote on it at both of their January meetings. The change will come up for a first vote Jan. 9 and then the final vote Jan. 23. It will take effect 30 days after the second vote. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] last_img read more