Vitalis Akumu in action for Western Stima in 2015.
Akumu relentless in search for playtime, leaves Vihiga United
By Fabian Odhiambo | Thu 22 Nov, 2018 10:30

Former Western Stima utility player Vitalis Akumu is on a fresh lookout for a place 'where he can play' after parting ways with Vihiga United Football Club barely six months after joining the Vihiga County side.


Akumu, in an interview with Soka, revealed that he had picked his release from the club management and will welcome any good deal - whether in the top flight or the second tier National Super League.

''I really need play time. I am only 24 years but with massive experience from the KPL. So I have the full confidence that under a coach who wants results, I can deliver,'' he said.

The defender joined Western Stima in 2015 immediately after completing his secondary school education at Kakamega High School, where he won the schools' national football title with Green Commandos in his final year - 2014. 

Moving out of Stima upon relegation from the top flight after 2017 KPL season, life in the way of playtime hasn't been too kind for him, and he hopes that changes soon when he lands in the 'right' hands. 

First, was the lucrative move to Sofapaka which under coach Sam Ssimbwa, didn't last more than six months. Then came the mid season switch to Vihiga United who at the time, were in transition after changes in coaching. Mike Mururi would be roped in soon after to take up Edward Manoah's place.


Akumu, a player with immense belief in his own capabilities, says that despite getting a minor accident in 2016 while at Stima, he still came back strongly and cemented his starting place at the club. It is for such days that he yearns.

''I always ask myself, if I recovered from that injury and came back to play till the end of the season, why not now?'' he quips. 

''At the moment, there are two clubs that have engaged me in talks but we haven't gone far because of the offers. I pray something good will come out of the remaining few days,'' he adds.

The new Kenyan Premier League calendar begins on December 8, with Nakumatt FC hosting Akumu's former club Sofapaka. 

Fabian Odhiambo

Twitter.. @Fabian_Odhiambo


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