Harambee Stars keeper Patrick Matasi has officially been unveiled at St. Georges of Ethiopia.
The transfer comes just hours after Goal exclusively reported that only the World governing body Fifa was standing in the way of Matasi from sealing the much anticipated switch after Football Kenya Federation approved the same.
Matasi has been on top form for both club and country, something that caught the eye of the Ethiopian giants. Matasi says he is ready for the new challenge ahead and hopes he will have an instant impact for his new team.
“I have today (Thursday) committed to play for the Mighty Saint Georges football club for the next three years. It is a challenge I accept with confidence and excitement. I believe this is the right moment for me to take over this new assignment.
“I wish to sincerely thank coach Fanuel Ivungwe who offered me a chance to play as a goalkeeper at West Kenya Sugar at the start of my career in 2010. I also wish to appreciate the efforts made by coaches Jan Koops, Haggai Azande, Robert Matano and Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo and Lawrence Webo, who made me a better player in one way or another.”
“I also thank the Tusker management, led by chairman Daniel Aduda, CEO Charles Obiny and coach Matano for giving their blessings to this move. I also wish to thank all the Kenyan fans. You have all supported me throughout my career and I owe you big. I will not let you down.
“Crucially, this move will motivate me to work harder to retain the Kenya national team jersey as we prepare to play at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Finally, I wish to promise the entire Saint Georges family that I will give my best.
"Replacing Robert Odonkara is not a mean feat but I am ready for this task. I am here to win titles, both locally and internationally.”
This move will definitely push Tusker to venture into the transfer window with an intention of getting a replacement.