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Benjamin Ochan Reflects On Season With Leopards, Life In Kenya

Uganda goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan spoke about his experience in Kenya after a season with AFC Leopards.

Ochan who is currently in Uganda, was hosted on Leopards’ Team Chat which was aired live across the club’s social media channels.

Ochan who joined Leopards in July 21, 2019, signed a one year contract then and it’s yet to be revealed whether he will renew it.

He kept 13 cleans sheets as Leopards finished 6th with 40 points when the league was stopped due to Covid19 pandemic.

“I want to push for more next season, may be get like 18 clean sheets. But it all goes back to the team, I had set my targets and I wanted to win at least a trophy. We didn’t win one but there were some positives to take,”

Ochan, hosted by Mbakaya Milimu.

“It would have been nice if we won the league or secured a place to the Continent. But seeing players improve is one of the positives. There were many hardships though and its a learning experience.”

He commended goalkeeping coach Lawrence Webo who has helped him adjust to the modern trends and he added that Webo doesn’t provide room for laziness.

Ochan speaking via AFC Leopards TV

“When I arrived here, Webo told me that he wants me back to the National team and that he is ready to make me the best goalkeeper in the league,” Ochan said.

“The competition here has also pushed me so much. There is this young goalkeeper Max (Maxwell Mulili), he is a lion, he wants to kick his seniors out of the team. He is the next big thing in Kenyan football.”

Ochan also noted that his worst game was a 4-1 loss to Gor Mahia and that 2-2 draw with Bandari in the league.

Ochan in action. Courtesy

On why he chose Jersey 99, he reluctantly explained: “I was talking to coach Webo when I arrived here and I explained to him that I am a big goalkeeper and and I wanted a big jersey number. Initially, I wanted 999 but they refused and I settled for 99 (he laughs).”

He said that he enjoyed playing at Mumias Stadium because of its good environment that has no destruction like in Nairobi.

Speaking about his best Kenyan dish, Ochan said that he has enjoyed Githeri (beans and Corn) but he has not learned to cook it for himself. He also fell in love with Ugali He however eats Matooke when he returns to Uganda.

He also reserved sometime to complain about the loud music in Matatus (Kenya Public transport).

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