Brian Osinde is the new Kenyan football talent discovered abroad after the recent exploits of Mohammed Rama Katina- commonly referred to as the Kenyan Messi-in Qatar’s Alkass U-17 Tournament finals played on Monday 15th Feb 2016.
Raphael Auka the then United States International University Africa [USIU] head coach in 2011 spotted Osinde and he joined the academic institution in 2012 playing for the scholars as a complete midfielder. He helped the team bagged the Kenya University Sports Association [KUSA] championship in 2012 and 2013 before being part of the University’s representative team in East African tournament a year later in Uganda.
Cleary University Football Club
On return from the tournament, the midfield maestro secured a scholarship to Madonna University in USA where he continued being a fantastic player in 2015.
On Friday January 15 2016, Brian whose native home is Nakuru-Kenya, was confirmed in the USA’s Cleary University Football Club to study and play for the University in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)'s league. This puts him in a pool of notable Kenyan midfielders who ply their trade abroad including, just but a few, Southampton’s Victor Wanyama [England], Latina’s McDonald Mariga [Italy], Zesco’s Anthony Akumu [Zambia] and Melbourne Victory’s Rashid Mahazi [Australia].
Speaking during his unveiling, Cleary University FC Head coach Tom Greeley [who seemed to have monitored the player while in Madonna] expressed his confidence in the young lad terming him as an asset to the University’s football program and target.
“I am impressed with Brian as both a person and a player. He is tenacious and hard-working competitor that I believe will further elevate the level of our program. I love watching Brian play. He's active on the field and is always looking to win the ball or find open space. Either way, I expect he will change some games for us Greeley told the club’s website.”
On his side, Osinde felt at home while at the club hinting at the need to perform well in their league as well as in his studies.
“It is a great community and in order to explore my talents, I chose to come to Cleary. My family is of athletic men as my father was a soccer player and my brothers played soccer and professional rugby in Kenya,” he said.
The man behind his move from Kenya to America through a scholarship program Bob Oyugi, who is also the Secretary General for the Kenya Football Coaches Association [KEFOCA] applauded Osinde for his football skills and academic understanding.
As a midfielder, his skills, and talents impressed us to enable him get a full Academic/Soccer Scholarship to study and play College Soccer in the US. He is also a great student in his Class work and in the community, Oyugi toldfutaa.com.
His former coach at USIU Raphael Auka also had a lot to talk about the youngster.
“I discovered Osinde way back and let him join us at USIU in 2012 and for sure the lad is fantastic. He is a complete midfielder who uses brains on the pitch and through his ability, USIU won the 2012 and 2013 KUSA championships before representing us in the East African edition, Auka told futaa.com.”
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) holds 12 National Championship tournaments in 7 sports stretching across the United States of America.
All the best Brian!!!