April 14, 2024

Guidetti links up with Kenyan teammates to recreate iconic photo

Guidetti links up with Kenyan teammates to recreate iconic photo
Guidetti and team mates/Photo/John Guidetti

He has previously spoken about his time in Kenya, saying, “That period was very important for my development, both on and off the pitch.

Former Manchester City forward John Guidetti, who spent his formative years in Kenya, has been in the country and recently linked up with his former teammates from Impala BrommaBoys Academy to recreate an iconic photo that has been popular over the years on social media.

Currently playing his club football at AIK in Sweden, which is home to the Kenyan trio of Eric Ouma, Henry Meja and Collins Shichenje, the former Swedish international wrote on his official facebook page, “Twenty years anniversary with the people who played a big part in forming me into the person I am today. Thankful for what they have given me and so thankful to see them again 20 years later. The future is bright. Nakupenda kakas."

He has previously spoken about his time in Kenya, saying, “That period was very important for my development, both on and off the pitch. I played football barefoot in the slum areas of Nairobi and I came into contact with local people and their culture. I still have a strong link with Kenya and every time I go back there I always get a warm welcome.”

The 30 year old returned to Sweden in 2008, playing with IF Brommapojkarna when at the age of 16 he earned a move to English club Manchester City. He spent time out on loan back at Brommapojkarna and with Championship side Burnley in November 2010.

He joined Dutch club Feyenoord on loan for the 2011–12 season where he scored 20 goals in 23 games before a virus ended his time in the Netherlands.

In January 2014, Guidetti joined Stoke City on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season, and in September of that year he was loaned to Scottish champions Celtic for the following season, winning the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup. In July 2015, Guidetti signed for Spanish side Celta Vigo.

Having represented Sweden at several youth levels, Guidetti earned his first senior international cap against Croatia on 29 February 2012. At under-21 level, he won the 2015 European Championship. He represented Sweden's senior team at UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.