AIK defender Eric Ouma. PHOTO/FILE

Harambee Stars and AIK defender, Eric Ouma, has been ranked as one of the best dribblers over the age of 23 by CIES Football Observatory, a statistical football organization based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The former Gor Mahia defender ranked ahead of prominent names such as Chelsea star Reece James, experienced Alex Sandro from Juventus and Nuno Tavares, on loan to Olympic Marseille from Arsenal that made the top ten of the list as tracked by Wyscout.

Wyscout is an Italian company that provides statistical data on players globally for the purposes of scouting, transfers, and match analysis.

In their top 10 defenders list of the best dribblers aged 23 and above, the organization used a compilation of match-level, dribble frequency, and the success rate of the dribbles.

According to the data provided, Ouma dribbles after every 16:05 minutes and succeeds 78.9% of the time when he attempts a dribble. In simple terms, out of 10 dribbles he attempts, about 8 of them turn out to be successful which is a high successful dribbling rate.

AIK defender Eric Ouma (left). PHOTO/FILE

The sporting level of teammates and opponents ranks at 0.56 which is the lowest of all players ranked in the top 10.

Ouma has been a crucial player for AIK Football since joining the club in 2020. His total goal contribution stands at 15 and in February this year, he was ranked amongst the players with the best take on index in the world.

According to the statistics, he had a score of 75.8 out of a possible 100 ranking 59th on the list. He ranked ahead of prominent athletes such as Luke Shaw of Manchester United, Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard, and Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy.

Eric Ouma is an alumnus of Government African School, Kakamega and featured for the school’s football team, Green Commandos.

During his stint at the school, he won the KSSSA National title in 2015.

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Arthur Watenda is a freelance journalist with a keen interest in football. He is passionate about Kenyan football and reports on every league in Western Kenya.

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