16-year-old Kenyan Joins Top English Football Club

  • A 16-year-old Kenyan full-back, George Gitau, has joined the English side Middlesbrough FC, the club confirmed in a statement in its official portal.

    Middlesbrough, which currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second-tier of English football after the Premier League, recruited the right-back with previous stints with Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Brighton.

    Middlesbrough, in a statement, disclosed that Gitau impressed during trials as they announced he would be joining on an academy scholarship.

    Midlesbrough's Riverside Stadium ground pictured during a past home game against Brighton

    "The Under-16 right-back was previously with Crystal Palace, Arsenal, and Brighton.

    "Gitau is quick, athletic, and smooth in possession, and he impressed after a trial.

    "The youngster will join 12 other young hopefuls next summer on an Academy scholarship at Rockliffe," the club shared on their official website.

    Wilkins Ochieng', another Kenyan youngster, had a good week as he signed a professional contract in Belgium with top-flight side Club Brugge.

    The Kenya U-17 striker, who was already a part of Brugge's youth set-up, was handed a two-and-half-year contract that could possibly see him make the step-up to the senior side.

    "We are glad to be part of this beautiful moment. Congratulations on signing your well deserved 2.5-year professional contract at Club Brugge, Wilkins Ochieng!" his management team J&S IFM tweeted.

    Although he did not make an appearance, Ochieng' was included in Kenya's squad for the Union of North African Football Federations U-18 tournament in Egypt.

    It was Kenya's first time participating in the competition that was held in Cairo, Egypt between April 4-11, 2019 and was represented by the national U-17 team.

    "It is an important development tournament for our youth players to showcase their talent and challenge against some of the continent's best," Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa stated at the time.

    Wilkins Ochieng poses after signing a professional contract with Belgium's Club Brugge on January 23, 2020