August 21, 2020 Patrick Korir

Chumsy says bye

Oliver Maloba (21) with team mates Vincent Otieno (9) and Kevin Okumu (28) when he returned to training on Tue 10 Mar 2020 after a month out

After four good years at Nairobi City Stars, versatile right back cum winger Kevin Çhumsy Okumu (pictured no. 28) has waved good bye.

Okumu arrived at City Stars in mid-2016 from Young Rovers at a low moment as just months later the team got relegated from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to the second tier.

He left almost exactly four years later with an exact opposite – having contributed to the club’s promotion back to the KPL after four seasons in the cold. He scored twice and had four assists in the 70.3% minutes earned during the promotion rally.

Okumu became a free agent in July 2020 at the expiry of his contract. In spite of having an offer from the club for an extension, the on-demand Chumsy opted to scan the horizon for a fresh challenge.

He left with a clear parting shot;

“They were 4 good wonderful years. In June 2016 when I received offer from Nairobi city Stars, I was convinced that this was where I had to play,”

“Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad and it was always very intense,”

“I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in dressing room, I was always learning,”

“The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates. I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans,”

“I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Nairobi City Stars shirt!”

“My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you!”

Commenting on his departure, club CEO Patrick Korir said;

“He served us diligently and we at Nairobi City Stars wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Simba wa Nairobi‘s blessings are with him.”

In joining City Stars, Kevin followed the path of his sibling Collins Okumu who featured for the club in the 2014 season.

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