Harambee Stars defender Yusuf Mainge finally made his league debut in the Slovakia Super League (Slovakia top flight) and he is ecstatic about it.
Mainge who is on loan from AFC Leopards amassed 80 minutes for FK Pohronie in their weekend loss at the hands of the country’s giants MSK Zilina but according to the player, it was an experience that will forever live with him.
“I have waited soo long to make my European debut and didn’t dream of making it properly with a great side of Zilina’s stature. They are one revered team in this country having represented them in the UEFA Champions League so it was a good experience. It was not only a dream but one that left me with lots of lessons in my budding career,” Mainge opines.
The player so far has made three appearances for the side since joining late in July with his latest being in a Cup game against Rakytovce on Tuesday 24 September, a game they comfortably won 5-1.
His debut came against Nitra in another Cup game and asked why it took him so many weeks to finally convince his new manager, Mainge admitted the demands in the league were a notch higher than what he was used to.
“A times you may feel you giving your best but your best isn’t enough. This is a different level and everything here is a little bit higher than in my previous station. The basics might be the same but the coach wanted me to get his concepts before I was fielded.
“It requires a lot of patience because when you are eager to play you try to impress and you find yourself making mistakes here and there but I am at the hands of people who understand these so they have my work easier. They are friendly people and I think the adaptation has been easy. We are entering winter and I will have to get used to the weather,” Mainge told Futaa.
What of AFC Leopards? “They gave me my big break in the Kenyan Premier League and I’m still contracted with them. They still watch over me and I can’t thank them enough.”
Mainge will hope that he can get more playing time when they travel to face bottom-placed Senica in their next league tie.