A chunk of Kenyan players are earning their dime in Sweden as they seek to progress their football growth and with the leagues in the country coming to an end last month, it’s another time to reflect on their output.
From the top flight to the lower division, we take a look at how the Kenyans fared in a country that is slowly proving to be a hub for Kenyan players.
In the Allsvenskan (Swedish top flight), Kenya was only blessed with one player in defender Joseph Okumu. The former Chemelil Sugar FC man joined IF Elfsborg in August this year and could only feature in five games after a delay in his work permit. He helped his team to an eighth-place finish after the team accumulated 43 points.
Down in the Superettan (Swedish Second Division) was midfielder Eric Johanna who featured for IF Bromma. The former Mathare United man managed to feature in 30 games in all competition for his club, 18 being in the league. His reward for the club was four goals improvement of the two goals he bagged last season. His efforts though were not enough as Bromma was relegated to Ettan (Swedish Third Division) after finishing 15th in the 16 team log.
In the Ettan, IF Vasalund had three players in Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma, Anthony Wambani and Ochieng Ovella both who helped the club to a sixth-place finish after being billed to gain promotion following a superb start to the season.
Ouma had an injury that sidelined him out in some games but still managed one goal in his 19 appearances for the club with his troubles earning him three yellow cards. He has since moved to the country’s top-flight side AIK Fotball on a four-year deal.
Ovella managed 14 games after picking an injury towards the end of the campaign scoring one goal in the process. Wambani was the most active players amongst the three with 21 appearances in his name; the midfielder who is currently with the national team in the CECAFA Championship having a reward of two goals.
Other players who ply their trade in Sweden are former FC Talanta player Heggard Bayano and Joshua Mawira who both play for the countries Division 2 (Fourth tier) side Gottne. Thought their record for the club is scanty, they managed to help the team to a seventh-place finish after accumulating 40 points.