(Xinhua) -- Kenyan international Eric Ouma has quit domestic club Gor
Mahia for Georgia after a breakthrough season where he forced his way into the
country’s national football team.
Ouma, 20, who is a marauding left-back
who can also play in an advanced role, is reported to have penned a three-year
deal with FC Kolkheti who play in the top flight competition of the European
He rejected a trial with Belgian
league side KAA Gent to sign with the Georgians who assured him a place in their
first team with an option to move on after six months.
The deal for the promising Kenyan was
brokered by the Sport Innovation Agency which is managed by Roger Henrotay, a
former Belgian international.
Henrotay’s agency is reputed for
representing among others English Premier League leaders Chelsea goal-keeper
Thibaut Courtois and Everton FC winger Kevin Mirallas.
Ouma signed an initial six-month deal
with Gor, the record 15-time Kenyan domestic champions who lost their crown last
season after holding on to it for three years in a row to rivals Tusker FC.
In June, Gent came calling but the
player who made his debut for the national team in the same month opted to
extend his stay at the country’s most popular club for the same period where he
was aiming to sign off as a domestic double winner.
However, it was not to be after Tusker
swept both league and GOtv Shield domestic cup titles as Gor ended trophy-less
hastening Ouma’s decision to move on.
“Everyone in Africa dreams of playing
in Europe and I’ m no exception. I want to fully utilize my potential in
better leagues, we have players in Europe who are of the same age playing
competitively and I’m no different,” Ouma said.
“When I joined Gor in December 2015, I
had an aim of moving to USA for studies by April that’s why we opted for six
months. It didn’t materialize and in June, I got an offer to join Gent in
Belgium but I decided to stay because I wanted to win titles with Gor
especially the league and the GOTv Shield,” the player said.
He has been an integral part of the
Kenyan national team that has gone seven matches unbeaten after missing out on
qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations that starts in Gabon on Jan.