Farnborough shot-stopper Zaki Oualah is looking forward to the climax of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division 1 Central as he builds on a positive season with Farnborough FC.
Oualah, 22, has been with Farnborough since March of this season and has already nailed down a place in the starting line-up.
Farnborough are currently 2nd in the Evo-Stik Southern Division 1 Central table and are looking for promotion straight back up the footballing ladder as they were demoted to the Southern Divison 1 after financial difficulties.
Despite only being 22, Oualah has a considerable amount of experience at different clubs. In his career he has represented Bedford Town, Merstham, Burnham, Leighton Town, Godalming Town, Harefield United, Hungerford Town, Uxbridge and Metropolitan Police.
He also has trained with a couple of professional clubs whilst training with his parent clubs.
“Having trained full time with Reading FC for 3 years I signed for Uxbridge FC. Whilst there when I was 17 then I’ve been with various non league sides some of them being Godalming Town FC, Leighton Town, Burnham, and Aylesbury United and now I am at Farnborough FC as well as training twice a week with the AFC Wimbledon first team.”
With the vast amount of experience Oualah has under his belt, he felt that it is vital to get regular playing time in the early stages of your career despite not being on loan at a club in his career so far.
“I haven’t been on loan myself but going on loan as a young player is one of the best things as nothing can ever beat playing every week.”
The goalkeeper was full of praise for manager Spencer Day who brought him to the club only a month ago.
“He is very tactical and always has a great knowledge of the team we are up against each week.”
Oualah made his debut at Uxbridge FC in 2012 and Oualah stated that this was still the proudest moment of his career so far.
And it was at Uxbridge where Oualah was team mates with the best player he has trained with in his career to date.
“Nicke Kabamba when I was at Uxbridge is the best player I’ve played with! He now plays for Portsmouth! He was a great forward who is hard to play against.”
The 22 year old has been between the sticks since he was 9 but he revealed he didn’t always want to be a goalkeeper.
“I have always been a goalkeeper ever since I was 9. I used to play with the older boys down the park who never used to pass to me so I decided to go in goal!”
And Oualah had a bit of advise for any young an upcoming football players who want to make the step up into having a career in football.
“Have a vision of where you want to be, spend everyday seeing it and work hard towards it with unconditional belief.”
He is determined to finish the season strongly with Farnborough and cement his place in the side for the rest of the season.
“My message to the farnborough supporters would be Thanks for the warm welcome and that I hope that we can win the play offs for them!”
Oualha and his Farnborough team mates are next in action at home against Histon on Saturday 15th April.
You can follow Zaki’s progress in his career here!- @ZOualah