Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Kariobangi Sharks has completed the signing of Kakamega High School wonderkid James Ogachi Mazembe following his stellar show at the recently concluded National Secondary School Games.
Mazembe, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the close of the week-long tournament in Nyeri has been in Zoo Kericho FC’s books, though loaned out to Green Commandos but henceforth moves to a new home, Sharks, on a three – year deal.
With the transfer window already closed, Mazembe will not be cleared to feature for the team in the current season, and he will be happy to do so as he takes the time to concentrate on his studies.
Ready to fight
He admits getting to join Sharks is a dream move but well aware of the task ahead of him, he is willing and ready to fight for his place, even as he looks to his new coach and team mates for inspiration.
“To me this is a dream move,” he told Soka. “The club knows about my situation as far as academics are concerned and personally I want to excel both on the field and in class. I want to be an all round professional and the club has indicated they will support me on that front,” he added.
A big name in school games, Mazembe knows the time is ripe for him to make the step higher and after a dominant display in Nyeri, he is looking to seal a move to the paid ranks in the near future but also wants to curve his niche in the national team.
“Getting a place at the top is never easy; it calls for dedication, hard work, discipline and most of all prayer. I want to get there and I want to base my ambition on these pillars. I am confident in the company I have around me and I have benefited from a lot of good advice before making this move,” he added after signing the deal.
A wizard on the flanks, Mazembe is not letting his focus of what he wants for the future blurred; he has picked out the best locally and internationally as the players he looks up to.
“In Kenya, I’d like to be like Paul Were; the way he plays on the wing, his runs and crosses, that is what I want to be and abroad I’d like to emulate Arjen Robben and Real Madrid’s Marcelo,” he revealed.
On his immediate roster though, and in a bid to exorcise the demons of the National Secondary School Games, Mazembe will be looking to lead his team Green Commandos (Kakamega High School) to a successful outing at the East Africa Secondary School Games in Uganda in August.