Undoubtedly one of the fastest rising stars among Kenyan strikers, 20-year-old Eric Johanna is elated at earning a chance to play for the national team. The youngster has two caps recorded in an Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia and Mauritius in July and October 2015 respectively.
Even though he has gamed less than 20 minutes for the national team, what matters to him is his step by step progress as he guns to achieve more in the near future.
“I am delighted in getting a chance to play for the national team. It feels good to get yet another cap at a tender age. Bagging such caps is vital in my career development and I now look forward to improving so that getting another chance in the team can be on regular basis,” he told Soka.
“Featuring in a World Cup qualifier is a big step and it is a step up form me compared to CHAN. World Cup qualifiers come with lots of success for sure.”
A typical number ten and coming from the family of great footballers in former Kenyan international Felix Uche Oucho, Doreen Nabwire, Anthony Khadudu and Christine Nafula, all midfielders, Johanna believes he is on the right track. He attributes his growth to Mathare United tactician Stanley Okumbi who he says has been behind his development.
“Okumbi has been encouraging me all along. He feeds me with positive things and I have to thank him for that. My family too are an inspiration in one or the other.”
The Laiser Hill School all-time top scorer has previously turned out for Eastleigh Youth before joining Mathare United.