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Kenyan defender Cheche joins New York Cosmos

Harambee Stars defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng has joined Major League Soccer side New York Cosmos for an undisclosed fee.

The former Tusker defender was unveiled by his new club on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to have David here with us for the 2016 season,” said Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese.

“He is a young, talented national team player that can come here and enhance our strength in the middle of our defense.”

“Joining the New York Cosmos is a privilege,” Ochieng said.

“I know this is a team with great history, and one that now prides itself on strong defense. I hope to contribute to that reputation through hard work.”

Ochieng debuted with Kenya’s senior national team in 2012 and has since appeared in qualifying matches for the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

His first Fifa competition cap came on March 23, 2013 against Nigeria, a 1-1 draw in preliminary World Cup qualifying match.

More recently, Ochieng started on Kenya’s back line in a 5-2 World Cup qualifier victory over Mauritius on October 7, 2015.