Harambee Stars defender Joseph Okumu is set to join Swedish top tier side, IF Elfsborg from US side, Real Monarchs.
Okumu was one of the standout performers for Harambee Stars in Egypt after stepping up to fill the void left by injured defenders Joash Onyango and Brian Mandela.
Born on 26th May 1997 in Kisumu, Okumu is an alumnus of Kakamega High School where he played for the school team and was nicknamed ‘Crouch’ after footballer Peter Crouch because of his height. He is 1.93m tall.
He played locally for Chemelil Sugar Academy for the U21 and U23 and made his international debut for the senior team in 2016.
During the 2016-17 season, he joined South African PL side Free State Stars. According to Okumu, it is at the South African League that he improved a lot at.
On 16 August 2018, Okumu left Free State Stars for Real Monarchs where he has managed to establish himself as a regular starter.
Well, he is now set to move to the Swedish top tier where he will be following in the footsteps of a number of Kenyans led by striker Michael Olunga who turned out for Swedish top tier side Djurgårdens IF.
He will also link up with other Kenyans currently plying their trade in Sweden. Erick Ouma, Ochieng Ovella and Anthony Wambani turn out for Swedish third tier side Vasalund.
Another Kenyan, Eric Johanna turns out for second tier side Bromma.
According to Wikipedia, Idrottsföreningen Elfsborg, most commonly known as IF Elfsborg or simply Elfsborg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɛlfsbɔrj]), is a professional football club based in Borås, Sweden, and is affiliated to the Västergötlands Fotbollförbund. They play in the Allsvenskan and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Swedish football. Their homeground is Borås Arena, where they have played since 17 April 2005.