Kenyan midfielder Peter Pinchez Opiyo is eyeing a successful run in Finland after inking a one-year deal with an option of extension at the country's top flight side SJK Seinäjoki.
It is the second stint in Finland for the former Tusker FC man after earlier playing for FF Jaro. He has already featured in two games for his new side and described SJK as a professional club and noted that a reunion with head coach Alexei Eremenko, who worked with him at Jaro, was a good bait for his move.
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“I've been up against SJK earlier in my career and I know it is a great and a club that is run professionally. That was the biggest reason why I wanted to come here, as well as working with a familiar coach. This is a great challenge and a new home for me. I know SJK is a club that always wants to win and it suits my own ambition. I want us to win together in the future,” Opiyo said.
His sentiments were echoed by coach Eremenko who said he knows the capabilities of Opiyo and another new signing in Shahdon Winchester and wished he had roped them in earlier.
“Peter and Shahdon are very well acquainted with me because I worked with them at Jaro. I would have wanted to continue working with them, but Jaro's financial difficulties then saw its best players leave.
“Peter is a midfielder who thinks really fast. He is a real feeder with high quality feed and works very hard. He usually runs the most miles in the team and never gives up. He is a good character and remains calm on the pitch and never panics, so he brings us a lot of confidence in the field,” Eremenko opined.
SJK are currently placed ninth in the 12 team log with 20 points after 22 games. They come against third placed Vaasan Palloseura in their next league tie slated for Saturday 11 August.