Wanyama's advise to Okumu, Kapaito and Ng’ang’a after their moves to France and Zambia

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STARS ABROAD: Wanyama's advise to Okumu, Kapaito and Ng’ang’a after their moves to France and Zambia

Joel Omotto 09:30 - 24.07.2023

The former Harambee Stars captain was delighted with the trio’s transfer abroad and is keen to see them succeed

Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has urged Joseph Okumu, Eric Kapaito and Dennis Ng’ang’a to represent Kenya well after they completed moves to France and Zambia respectively on Saturday.

Okumu sealed a €12 million (Ksh1.8 billion) transfer to Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims after two years with Belgian Pro League outfit KAA Gent, after agreeing personal terms, with the centre-back becoming the second Kenyan to play in the French top flight after Dennis Oliech.

Meanwhile, Kapaito and Ng’ang’a both joined Zambian league side Zanaco, each signing a one-year deal, after joining as free agents from Ethiopian side Arba Minch and Kenyan champions Gor Mahia respectively.

“Congratulations gentlemen. Represent Kenya well out there,” the FC Montreal midfielder posted on Facebook on Sunday.

Wanyama is definitely impressed with the transfers given he broke the glass ceiling by becoming not only the first Kenyan to play in the prestigious English Premier League but also the first player from East Africa.

Okumu had been the subject of interest from a number of European sides due to his sterling performances for Gent in the last two seasons and was thrust to the rest of the world last season as the Belgian side reached the Europa Conference League quarter-final.

Kapaito found himself without a club when Arba Minch, who he scored four goals for last season, were relegated from the Ethiopian Premier League and with the country’s rules barring foreigners from featuring in the second-tier, he had to find a new home.

Ng’ang’a, meanwhile, was one of Gor Mahia’s dependable defenders and opted against extending his stay with K’Ogalo for a stint in Zambia after the expiry of his contract.

The two Kenyan players were among 11 new signings unveiled by seven-time Zambian champions Zanaco, who are seeking for better tidings in 2023-24, after finishing 13th last season having flirted with relegation for most of the campaign.