Kenyan International Joseph Okumu has for the first time spoke after completing his move to Swedish top tier side IF Elfsborg. Okumu joins the Swedish side from US side Real Monarchs.
Upon Completing his move, Okumu took time to thank his family and former coaches including the ones at Kakamega High School where his footballing journey began. Okumu also thanked Chemelil Sugar FC and AFC Ann Arbor for molding him into the player he is today.
The Harambee Stars defender also had some nice words for his Kenyan teammates and the Kenyan football fans. With his move to Sweden, Okumu will be following in the footsteps of 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.
Details of Okumu’s transfer still remain scanty but Kenyans are upbeat that the young defender is destined for even greater heights in the world of football.
READ HIS OPEN LETTER BELOW:
“I am thrilled to announce that I have agreed to a transfer and a move to IF Elfsborg, and I have many thanks to give for this opportunity. I am very thankful to the Almighty God for how far He’s brought me. To my mom, my dad, my sisters, my brother, and my entire family- thank you. I love you and I could not have come this far without you. Thank you Kakamega School and Chemelil Sugar FC for molding me as a young person and player. Thank you to AFC Ann Arbor, to Coach Rudland, and the entire AFCAA family, a top class club and a great pathway to bigger things- #ComeOnYouMightyOak! Thank you Coach Olave and my teammates at Real Monarchs, I have enjoyed working with you and learning from you every day. To my management team, Hector East Africa and Ascension Athletes, thank you for working with professionalism and integrity to make this move happen. Thank you to my Harambee Stars teammates, and to our fans across Kenya- we’ll continue to work to build something we can all be proud of. To my new teammates, coaches, and everyone at IF Elfsborg- I am excited to join you, let’s get to work!