Kibet after a training session in Europe; he has joined fifth division side Gottne IF Courtesy
Kenya U20 midfielder joins Swedish side
By Patrick Korir | Fri 21 Apr, 2017 09:47

Theodore Kibet Kilele is now in the ranks of Swedish Division 3 side Gottne IF.

Kilele, who honed his football skills at Ligi Ndogo from age six back in 2004 had been trying out with the side in recent weeks after close to a month of trials with a series of clubs in Italy.

Also read: Ligi Ndogo pair in Italy for trials

His move to the club that is also home to two other Kenyans; defender Michael Wandera and midfielder Heggard Barasa, was legitimised on Thursday 20 April after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) honored a request from their Swedish counterparts by issuing an International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

The gifted midfielder who schooled at Rusinga and Braeside Schools has been described by coaches and peers alike as a good dribbler, a good passer and an intelligent reader of the game. He made it to the Kenya U20 team in 2016.

Back in 2010 he missed an opportunity to join Millwall Academy due to lack of size after being picked out from the annual Keele Cup where he led Ligi's U13 side to a Cup win.

He had been handed a two week trial just as was the case in 2009 where he had been spotted at the same tournament by Crystal Palace scouts. Lack of a guardian, among other reasons came to play and he had to return home.

Kilele was third time unlucky as he also missed an opportunity to join Newcastle United at 16 years due to complications of transferring his schooling from Kenya to the UK.

His move to Sweden ends it all as he can finally pursue his dream as a professional player.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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