Johanna cements place in Stars' Afcon squad

By Gilbert Wandera: Thursday, June 6th 2019 at 00:30 GMT +3 | Football
IF Brommapojkarna midfielder Eric Johanna celebrates after scoring against Congo Brazzaville at Kasarani on June 5, 2017. [File]

Little was known about Eric Johanna beyond his former club Mathare United until his amazing goal against Congo Brazzaville in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match in 2016 at Kasarani.

Harambee Stars won the match 2-1 and though the result was inconsequential, Johanna had cemented a place in the hearts of passionate fans.

He was to score another goal last year this time against Ethiopia in a 3-0 win for Harambee Stars also at home and after that Kenya cannot just do without him.

Prior to moving to Sweden where he currently turns out for top division side IF Brommapojkarna he featured for Mathare United in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) for two years during which time he made 55 appearances and scored 12 goals.

In 2015, he was named the league’s midfielder of the year after an outstanding performance the previous year.

He did not take long before making an impact at the Swedish club where he was named player of the month after just making six appearances.

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Former Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi believes the player will be one of the revelations for Kenya.

“He always does what is expected of him and I see him doing very well in Egypt. He is a defensive player but can work effectively on the offensive. He can score any time and from any position and is not scared of taking on his opponents,” he said.

Okumbi said Johanna hard working when it comes to defending. “He can play in any position in the team except striker and has a knack of opening up a tight game. I remember one time in 2017, we were playing against Mozambique in a friendly tie. The match was very tight and headed for a draw, but he popped up from nowhere and scored a goal.

“He is certain to start in Egypt and I know he will give his best and have a good tournament.”

Bio

Name: Eric Johanna

Date of Birth: August 18, 1994

Position: Midfielder

Goals scored for Harambee Stars: 4

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