Okumu clarifies that he is not out to snatch Stars armband from Wanyama but there to help the team perform

  • Kenya international Joseph Okumu has revealed he intends to help the Harambee Stars perform well and not to wear the armband for the national team as he had earlier been quoted.

 The towering defender has been touted by many as the best replacement for Wanyama when he decides to quit playing for the Kenyan national team. He explained he is not focused on taking the Harambee Stars armband from Victor Wanyama.

He is experienced to captain the team having led Kenya’s U23 side and also Chemelil Sugar but has now clarified his intention, saying he does not want to take away the armband from the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder but to always help Harambee Stars perform well in matches.

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“My main focus is not to have the armband but just represent the nation to the best of my ability,” Okumu said.

“However, if an opportunity arises for me to lead the team then why not? But it will not be new to me because I had the same role at the U23 team,” he added.

Meanwhile, Okumu returned to action with his IF Elfsborg as they restarted the Sweden top-tier with a 1-0 win against IFK Goteborg and was also involved in a 2-2 draw against visiting Hammarby.

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“It feels amazing to have started the season with a win. The team is in good spirits and we are working on getting the maximum points in our next match (Helsingborg),” Okumu explained on getting playing time in the Swedish league.

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“But I expect to get as many playing minutes as possible and help the club achieve its goals as I develop myself too,” he explained.

Explaining his life in Sweden he revealed that he has adapted well.

“I have adapted to life here and I’m having a decent time despite the issues to deal with Covid-19. I have also had a good relationship with club manager Bo Jimmy Thelin and he is an amazing coach to work with,” he concluded.

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