Chemelil Ace Okumu Joins Free State Stars

Kenyan international centre-half Joseph Okumu has signed a two-year contract with South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Free State Stars.

Okumu has been on trials with the Ea Lla Koto for the past week and they have taken little time in getting the 19-year-old ahead of the 2016/17 PSL season which kicks off this weekend.

Crouch as he is fondly referred due to his lankiness akin to former England international Peter Crouch, was until moving to South Africa a key player for Chemelil Sugar who he signed for before the 2016 Kenyan Premier League season got underway.

His impressive displays and composure at the heart of the defence saw him earn a national call-up and he was soon handed his debut in a friendly match against Sudan on 31 May 2016 which ended on a one-all stalemate.

Former Harambee Stars captain and current national team assistant coach Musa Otieno is believed to have recommended him to the Bethlehem-based side.

The former Kakamega High School student will be hoping he can help his new employers finish within the top 10 in the upcoming season having finished 12th in the 16-team league last season.

He will be the fourth Kenyan in the league after Victor Abondo (Ajax Cape Town), Clifton Miheso (Golden Arrows) who both joined this year and seasoned participant Brian Mandela of Maritzburg United. 

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