MEGHAN BRENNAN - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Following his fifth start in as many games, Norwegian-American Kenneth Di Vita Jensen is eager to continue this his Norwegian Eliteserien success at Honefoss.
Di Vita Jensen was 16 when he signed with the then-1. Division club. He spent his first few years of professional play battling injury and then last season landed in the neighboring town of Jevnaker where he led the 3. Division team in goals scored.
Come 2010, he returned to Hønefoss for their debut Eliteserien season. The attacking midfielder waited patiently for his opportunity to start, which he was granted mid-July against Viking. He has started every game since.
"I played well and scored a lot of goals in the second team and been doing good in training, so I'm sure these were the main reasons why I have started the [last few] games," Di Vita Jensen recently told YA.
His transition from bench player to starter happened around the same time co-head coach Reidar Vågnes showed up on the scene, which Di Vita Jensen believes is just a coincidence.
"I think this was just random," he explained. "I have always had a good tone with [co-head coach] Tom [Gulbrandsen], and he's been giving me signals about playing more games after the summer."
Hønefoss currently sits close to the relegation zone at 14th in the Eliteserien and faces a challenging September schedule.
"I think Åalesund will be a tough game since the match is away and Åalesund is a very good team, but I still think we have a good chance of stealing points from them," stated Di Vita Jensen. "The most important game will be against Molde. We are tied and Molde is weak at the moment. We should have a good chance of winning this game."
Di Vita Jensen remains confident in his team's capabilities despite the approaching schedule and their current low position in the rankings.
"I think we can stay in the [Eliteserien]," he optmistically added. "Even if we end up in relegation playoff, we are the favorites and we have good chances to beat the lower division team we meet. I have faith in Hønefoss and think we will manage to stay clear of relegation playoff at the end of the season."
In addition to team success, the dual citizen hoped his recent play in Norway's top league would increase his individual stock by drawing the attention of US U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen.
However his 20th birthday, which fell on the 22nd of July, made him ineligible for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland which Rongen's squad recently won.
"I will always be a little disappointed to miss out on the national team," concluded Di Vita Jensen "But also it will make me more eager to train even harder, so that the next time they will pick me out to play for them."
Di Vita Jensen and Honefoss will clash with Åalesund on Sunday.