Eric ” Cantona” Ochieng’: Jericho’s midfield wizard

Eric Ochieng’ aka Cantona is one of most iconic soccer athletes to grace Kenya Premier League in the 1990s.

Eric Ochieng’ aka Cantona took the  Kenya Premier League in the 1990s by storm and was an exciting player to watch.Eric, a product of the famous Jericho grounds ‘Owanjo Soo’ now Camp Toyoyo was famously known of his exquisite ball control skills, dribbling prowess and possessed great crossing ability.

His early soccer career began at Magic 90 a team based at Jericho grounds under the stewardship of the late Otty .

Photo: Magic 90 in a group photo before match kickoff at Camp Toyoyo

Eric Ochieng’  joined Tim Sales  and thereafter Sony Sugar F.C   Later on, AFC Leopards SC signed him to join a midfield of hardworking players including Tom Juma, Philip Ouma  and Kevin Ateku. With Philip Ouma, the duo gave Leopards an attacking flair that excited the supporters on each match day.

Photo/Eric Ochieng’:Cantona in action for AFC Leopards SC

The late German tactician Reinhardt Fabisch gave him several call-ups to the national team. He featured for Kenya during World Cup 98 and AFCON ’98 qualifiers against Nigeria which ended 1 – 1, Guinea where Stars won 1 – 0, win over  Burkina Faso 4 – 3 and another  win over Gabon 1-0. 

Ochieng’was emotional  in the AFCON qualifier match played at Nyayo Stadium in which Namibia won the match 1-0  owing to the heroics of Namibian goalkeeper Idris Kanalelo that guaranteed the Brave Warriors of Namibia a vital away win.

The Jamhuri High School alumnae managed to acquire a study scholarship to the U.S.A., a  program that was an initiative of Bob Oyugi  where he currently resides.

Photo:Eric Ochieng in action for Harambee Stars against Guinea.

 

Club Honours

Eric won the CECAFA Club championship with AFC Leopards in 1997 as well the League title in 1998.

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