Teenage sensation and Kenyan International Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma made his debut last weekend for Georgian outfit Fc Kolkheti after weeks of waiting.Having experienced an explosive first season at the top-tier league last year, Eric emerged as one of the best, probably the second best player after Kenneth Muguna in the end year awards.
Kenyanstar had a one on one with Eric Ouma in an exclusive interview since his departure from the country, to talk about his move abroad, career growth and life in Georgia.
Kenyanstar: Thank you Eric for your time. You have risen quite fast in the recent years since high school. What has been the secret to your success?
Eric Ouma: It has been a tremendous period for me, and I am glad. The secret has been and still remains hard work and determination. Getting to the top is not easy and requires effort.
KS: Kindly tell us about your time at Gor Mahia last year.
EO: It was a great moment for my career. I gave it my best and worked with a good team. I believe it was a good spring board.
KS: Who do you attribute your success too while at Gor Mahia?
EO: Both the players and the coach. I worked with great teammates from whom I learnt a lot. The coach also believed in me and gave me a chance to showcase my best.
KS: Do you think you left Gor Mahia too soon?
EO: Not at all. You cannot go to Europe when you are old.
KS: Why did you opt for Georgia and not any other nation. Maybe a bigger football nation as some critics say?
EO: I believe it is a good gateway to other parts of the world. I just have to give it my best.
KS: How different is life in Georgia both on and off the pitch. Have you adapted?
EO: Life here is different in many ways. Football here is on a high pace but for someone to match with them you just need to work harder to fit in their system.
KS: You have showed so much potential playing at the national team. Do you think you have cemented your place there?
EO: I prefer not to talk about the national team for now. I do not count my chicks before they hatch. (Chuckles.)
Photo: Eric Ouma( second right in front row)
KS: What is the secret to being a good fullback as you are?
EO: The secret is keeping your head high, having passion on the pitch and speaking positively about your work and yourself.. Finally, you need to be eager to do more.
KS: It has been claimed that you have lots of advisors and agents, something that has made it difficult for you to make some decisions. How true is this?
EO: I do not have many advisors. Yourself you are well aware that too many cooks spoil the broth.
KS: Any final words to your fans and any upcoming footballers?
EO: Pray hard, keep God first and don't live a life of comfort. Also you don't need to do things to make people happy because you may miss your destiny.