With Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne naming his provisional squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Egypt, Futaa looks at the profiles of the players that will represent Kenya in the continental showpiece.
Joseph Stanley Okumu
DOB: May 26, 1997
Current Club: Real Monarchs SLC, USA
Previous Clubs: Chemelil Sugar FC (Kenya), Free States Stars (South Africa), AFC Ann Arbor (USA)
Was rewarded with a place in the squad after a superb outing with the Kenya U23 team which he captained in the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.
Okumu is well above his years since coming into the Kenyan Premier League scene with Chemelil Sugar FC. Having been picked straight from school, Okumu joined Chemelil and his prowess in reading the coupled with calmness promoted South African side Free States Stars to pluck him from the Muhoroni terrain after representing Chemelil for six months.
His stint in South Africa wasn’t the best but he shone in the games that he featured in. Having been given proper reviews from former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno and his experience in the South Africa league, the young boy was to be handed his debut in the senior team by head coach Stanley Okumbi in 2016.
After his stint in South Africa, USA' side AFC Ann Arbor acquired his services in March 2018 before shifting to his current club three months later.
His leadership qualities at a tender age is something that has attracted good reviews from some of the best coaches in the country. It might be too early for him to feature in the AFCON competition due to the people he will be up against, but a learning curve as head coach Sebastien Migne looks at the future might be another reason he is in the squad.
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