Sichenje features, trialist Stanely Wilson watches as AIK draw with Karlbergs

STARS ABROAD Sichenje features, trialist Stanely Wilson watches as AIK draw with Karlbergs

Mark Kinyanjui 14:00 - 26.02.2024

Former AFC Leopards defender Collins Sichenje featured for 90 minutes in AIK's draw with Karlbergs, while Stanley Wilson remained an unused substitute. 

Kenya international Collins Sichenje got a chance to stake his claim for a permanent AIK place on Sunday by playing the full 90 minutes in a friendly match against Karlbergs on Sunday evening. 

This friendly encounter followed a successful Swedish Cup group stage victory against Gefle IF the day before, prompting the inclusion of players who did not feature in the cup game.

Sichenje’s future at the club appears uncertain, with reports suggesting that the team is considering loaning him out before the closure of the transfer window. 

The former AFC Leopards defender cum midfielder was on loan at Finland's KuPs last season, where he was named the Young Player of the Season.

In the friendly clash that ended in a 1-1 draw, Axel Lundgren opened the scoring for Karlbergs in the ninth minute. Notably, trialist Emmanuel Gono, who came off the bench in the 62nd minute, leveled the scores in the 69th minute.

As for Stanley Wilson, he was part of the matchday squad but did not make an appearance.

He continues to train with the Swedish top-tier side, aiming to secure a contract once he turns 18 later this year. The promising Kenya U18 midfielder's progress is closely monitored.

It was reported by Pulse Sports that the midfielder will join the club permanently when he turns 18 in August, with the club’s sporting director Thomas Bernsten confirming it during their training camp in Spain.

"He is a good player. A player that we wanted to connect with us," he told Afton Bladet.

Despite the brief duration of Wilson's trial, Berntsen commended his performance, highlighting his positive impact on the pitch.

"He came in for a short time and had good qualities and a good eye for the game. Made a good effort."

Meanwhile, Stanley Wilson is expected to return to the country at the end of next month following the completion of his two-month trial period with AIK.