May 17, 2022 Patrick

Jacob Osano: 13 clean sheets and counting

Osano, City Stars

Goalkeeper Jacob Osano had a massive contribution once again as Nairobi City Stars registered a 0-0 draw against champions Tusker FC in a matchday 30 FKF Premier League tie in Ruaraka on Sunday 15 May 2022.

Time and again Osano stretched his six-foot-two frame to keep out Tusker’s raids to register a third straight clean sheet, and the fifth in the last six games, to make it 13 games without conceding in his first premier league season.

From his displays, Simba wa Nairobi head coach Nicholas Muyoti now reckons Osano has done enough to warrant a place in the Kenya National team.

“It is very encouraging from Osano. He has been very consistent and so far he has made some very important saves. He deserves a call up to the National Team.” opined Muyoti

Osano made his debut during the second game of the season against Kenya Police, that City Stars won 2-0 at Kasarani Annex.

His premier league debut came a year and a half after he grabbed his maiden game for Simba wa Nairobi against AP Bomet in Kericho in March 2020.

Adding his voice to Osano’s growth is team coordinator Samson Otieno who said;

“He has been very patient. Imagine arriving in January 2020, featuring in just one game in the second leg of the 2019/20 NSL season in March, missing on game time the entire 2020/21 FKF Premier League season, then becoming a regular, and a top-rated keeper the season after,”

“As the head coach says, Osano has been simply outstanding and we owe lots of our positive results to his presence in goal.” added Otieno 

Prior to his premier league debut and big break this season, Osano, a January 2020 signing from Nairobi Stima, was an unused substitute in 16 of the 33 games played in the 2020/21 FKF Premier League season.

Osano’s 13 clean sheets add on to one other by Stephen Njunge to make it 14 for City Stars so far.

Thus far, Osano has clocked 2,340 minutes after completing 26 of 30 games this season.

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