Joseph Okumu reveals the reasons why he struggled in South Africa
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Joseph Okumu reveals the reasons why he struggled in South Africa

Harambee Stars defender Joseph Okumu has revealed why he struggled to adapt in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Barely six months into his Kenyan Premier League debut with Chemelil Sugar FC, Okumu moved down South with Free States Stars roping his services on a two-year deal in August 2016.

The player, however, failed to cement a place in the team and in an interview with last week, Okumu said his outing wasn’t the best due to a lot of reasons.

“Being out of the country for the first time is always going to be a challenge. I had trials with them (Free States) and they offered me a deal after impressing. The coach there then had so much trust in me and I think I played two games under him before he was changed.

“The team had its own problems and the managers came and went. In total we had four managers in the season so each came with his own philosophy and adaptation was a little bit tricky. It was a challenging outing but one that gave me a lot of lessons too,” Okumu said.

The player then left Free States for USA’s AFC Ann Arbor before shifting teams in the same country by joining Real Monarchs.

He was to left Monarch for Swedish top-flight side IF Elfsborg in August 2019 after a good display in the 2019 African Cup of Nations with Harambee Stars.