After being named named the TopDrawerSoccer.com (TDS) 2018 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Player of the Year, Kenyan defender Joseph Okumu has been showered with praises by his Ann Arbor teammates.
The Former Chemelil Sugar and Free State Stars defender joined the side in April and made 10 league appearances out of the 12 games in the regular season.
His performance saw the side concede just four goals and managed nine clean sheets. His passion and competitive spirit caught fellow defender Matt Braem.
Talent and athleticism
"When Stanley steps on the pitch, you instantaneously feel it. He brings not only talent and athleticism to a back line, but also passion and that competitive spirit. He is the kind of player that makes everyone around him a better overall player." Braem told the clubs official portal.
Azaad Liadi, a forward, says having Okumu in the team is great as he has massive experience and he is a leader as well.
“It’s always special to play with high level players, so playing with Stan was a great experience. I learned from him everyday from how he carried himself to his approach on the pitch. He’s one of those guys who leads without having to say very much, an all around great guy and class act." Liad said.
Arbor goalkeeper Mike Novotny sees the Kenya under 23 star as one of the best talents in the team and player with a high football IQ.
“He’s one of the best defenders I’ve played with. His soccer IQ is unteachable along with his height and his ability to thread the needle to find forwards into space. He’s one special defender and it is no coincidence he’s receiving this well-deserved recognition." Novotny.
Okumu won the National Schools title with Kakamega High School in 2014.