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The Kenyan was given a rare start after Inter’s first team midfielders were left serving suspensions.

Kenyan international McDonald Mariga made his maiden first team appearance for Inter and did impressively well in helping his team beat Udinese 3-2 on Sunday.

The 22-year-old ex-Harambee Stars midfielder completed Sunday’s game for the Italian giants after Inter were deprived of Ivan Cordoba, Esteban Cambiasso and Sulley Muntari, who were all serving match bans from incidents in Inter’s previous league game against Sampdoria.

And, speaking on phone from Italy to Daily Nation, Mariga expressed his thrill after earning 90 minutes on Sunday.

“I couldn’t believe I made the first team. It was just amazing,” said Mariga.

The Kenyan youngster looked good and filled the gap left by the suspended players, although he did appear somewhat uncomfortable in the opening stages of the game and gave away too many loose balls initially.

But with the passage of time, he recovered his composure and won many a midfield battle, dispossessed his opposition several times, added steel to the Inter midfield and gave a strong impression of himself.