Unsettled Kenyan striker Henry Meja set for another loan move within Denmark


STARS ABROAD Unsettled Kenyan striker Henry Meja set for another loan move within Denmark

Festus Chuma 12:05 - 21.02.2024

Kenyan forward Henry Atola Meja is set for another loan move from AIK after impressing in training, aiming for more playtime.

Kenyan forward Henry Atola Meja is set for another chapter in his burgeoning football career, as reports from Sweden indicate a looming loan move from AIK to AFC Eskilstuna. 

The promising striker, who spent the previous season on loan at third-tier Norrby IF, is currently training with AFC Eskilstuna, signaling a new opportunity for regular playing time in the same league.

Last season, Meja's journey was marred by injury concerns while with Norrby, but the player has since made a full recovery. 

His recent performances in training, including a notable brace in a friendly match against Nyköping BIS last week, have caught the attention of many, underlining his readiness to contribute to his new team.

According to Expressen SE, AIK is in the final stages of finalizing the terms of his loan to AFC Eskilstuna, a move that could reignite Meja's career in Europe.

Meja's journey from Tusker FC in Kenya to the European football landscape has been a tale of determination and resilience. 

Upon signing a five-year contract with Swedish top-flight side AIK Solna in September 2021, expectations were high for the Kenyan compatriot of Collins Sichenje. 

However, adapting to the rigors of European football presented its challenges, with Meja finding limited opportunities to display his talent on the pitch, accumulating just 14 minutes of playtime over a year, primarily as a late substitute.

The decision to loan Meja to Norrby IF in January 2023 was a strategic move aimed at providing him with the much-needed regular playing time to continue his development. 

Despite the setbacks, Meja's qualities as a tall, pacey center-forward with excellent back-to-goal play have remained evident. 

His potential to make a significant impact in the Swedish top tier is undeniable, provided he is given the right platform to showcase his abilities.

The loan move to AFC Eskilstuna represents a crucial step for Meja in his quest for regular first-team football. 

It offers a chance to reset and prove his worth on the field, away from the pressures of living up to his reputation at AIK. 

The experience gained from his time at Norrby, coupled with his recovery from injury, places him in good stead to make a significant impact at his new club.

Before his move to Europe, Meja had already established himself as a promising talent in Kenyan football. 

His journey began with the Green Commandos in the National Super League, leading to a move to Tusker FC in January 2020 after clinching the Golden Boot award at the Cleophas Malala Super Cup in 2018 and 2019. 

Choosing Tusker FC over other suitors allowed him to play alongside his brother Sammy Meja, under the guidance of coach Robert Matano.

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