Harambee Stars keeper reveals how it is really like being trained by former Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango

Harambee Stars goalkeeper coach Jerim Onyango. Photo Credit: Kariobangi Sharks

FOOTBALL Harambee Stars keeper reveals how it is really like being trained by former Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango

Mark Kinyanjui 10:00 - 21.11.2023

Bandari's Joseph Ochuka has revealed how former Gor Mahia custodian Jerim Onyango has taken his game to another level.

Harambee Stars goalkeeper Joseph Ochuka has revealed how working with Jerim Onyango at Bandari has helped improve him as a custodian in general.

Onyango, who is a Gor Mahia icon having played for and captained the side for several years befor hanging up his boots, now serves as Bandari goalkeeping coach, aside from working as one for the national football team Harambee Stars as well.

Ochuka’s game has moved up a notch under his stewardship, and he has impressed so much, he even earned a place in the Harambee Stars squad for the World Cup Qualifying assignments against Gabon and Seychelles in the current international window.

Ochuka has described Onyango as a “professional” coach who is “strict in a good way” which has only helped him elevate his game.

“Jerim is a good coach who is very professional,” Ochuka told Pulse Sports.

“He is the one who has helped me as I have followed his instructions to the letter. He is very strict in a good way.

“He puts you on toes and it rubs off on you to follow what he is saying, because every session, be it training or match, is about maintaining high standards.”

Before stepping down as Bandari head coach, Twahir Muhiddin had been tasked with overseeing the formation of a new technical bench , and one of the coaches he brought in was Onyango.

Asked why he opted to bring him in as goalkeeper coach, Muhiddin said: “Jerim Onyango won titles with Gor Mahia, played for Harambee Stars, and also represented Gor continentally year in, year out. That is the kind of experience we need.

“The bench is strong and is in safe hands. That was the assignment given to me by the former office.

The keeper ultimately called time on his career after the 2016 season at just 29 years.

He went on to work with the Gor Mahia Youth Team as the goalkeeper trainer cum team manager and also soon found his way into the Harambee Stars Under-17 side.

He has since had coaching roles in the K’Ogalo senior team, as well as the national u20 side,  Kariobangi Sharks and Harambee Stars.