Kenyan striker Jonah Ayunga scales down five ranks of English football pyramid for a month-long loan spell from Brighton Hove to Burgess Hill Town FC Photo - seagulls.co.ke
English side Brighton loans out Kenyan striker
By Patrick Korir | Mon 24 Oct, 2016 13:53

Championship side Brighton Hove Albion has loaned out budding Kenyan striker Jonah Ayunga to Burgess Hill Town for a month, a team that features in the seventh tier of English football – the Isthiaman League.

Ayunga, now 19, has been turning out for Brighton’s U23 side this term. But with cameo appearances in most of the seven games into the start of the Premier League 2 (Division 2), search for more play time saw the youngster make the switch to the Hillians.

Good addition 

His last game for Brighton’s juniors was against their Blackburn equivalents in mid-October that ended in a barren draw where he started and clocked just over an hour.

His debut was however not as memorable, as on his first start at the side on Saturday 22 October, the team was handed a 3-0 beating at home by visiting Needham Market.

His addition to the Burgess Hill family pleases manager Ian Chapman who, as quoted by the club’s website said;

“He is a good addition to the squad and did well on his debut. He is young and athletic and will get better with more game time.”

Ayunga who was considered for international games for Kenya against Uganda and Zambia, only to miss out due to documentation, is now in the same league as Kiambu-born Bobby Devyne Kirobi who turns out for Enfield Town.

Following their defeat on Saturday, the Hillians dropped to 17th spot in the 24-team league with 15 points from 12 games as Needham Market went up to second spot with 31 points to sit right behind leaders Leiston on goal difference.

Kirobi’s Enfield Town moved up to seventh spot with 20 points after a 5-1 clean-out of hosts Canvey Island at the weekend.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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