Harambee Stars youngsters Ovella Ochieng and Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma arrived in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday evening and started training with their new club Vassalund IF on Monday.
While Ochieng who has moved from Kariobangi Sharks is looking to start his first venture outside the country’s borders, Ouma is looking to revitalize his form after stagnating over the past one and a half years.
Ouma moved to Georgia to join top tier side Kolkheti Potti at the start of the 2017 season following a hugely succesful debut season in the top flight with Gor Mahia, but he could not keep up on the same gear with injuries derailing his progress further.
He had been touted for a move to Albanian side KF Tirana to re-unite with his former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira but the same could not be completed as the two parties could not agree on terms. He had initially arrived in Albania at the beginning of the year with Tirana loaning him out to another second tier side, Kastrioti.
“I am glad to have this chance again to prove myself and show that I can still play at the top. It has been a difficult past six months especially with injuries and having stayed for long without playing but I want to take this opportunity to work my way up again,” the left back said.
He was handed a boost of confidence after being included in the Harambee Stars friendly matches in May and the trip to India and he says playing part for the national team has increased his belief that he can get back to the top.
Meanwhile, after several trial stints in Europe, Kariobangi Sharks’ winger Ovellah Ochieng has finally got his chance and he says he will embrace it with open arms and work to show that he is one of the best in the country.
Ochieng hopes that just like he played a crucial role in Sharks’ promotion to the top tier in Kenya, he will play the same role to see Vassalund promoted to the Division One as they currently lead the Division Two standings.
“It is a great chance and I want to thank Sharks for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow. I am excited with the new journey and hopefully, I can get the best out of myself there,” Ochieng noted.
The two follow in the footsteps of Eric Johannah who moved to the third tier side at the beginning of the 2017 season and at the end of it earned a big move to the top tier joining IF Bromma.
The Second Division in Sweden is currently on break and will resume in August.