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Johanna Omolo: Erzurumspor signs Kenya international

Harambee Stars midfielder has completed his stint at Cercle Brugge Turkish football

Kenya International Johanna Omolo has transferred to Cercle Brugge’s Buyuksehir Belediye Erzurumspor, the Turkish side confirmed on Wednesday.

In a post on their official Facebook page, the Super Lig announced the arrival of the 31-year-old, who previously played his football in Belgium.

At Erzurumspor, he will partner with Cameroon internationals Petrus Boumal and Adolphe Teikeu, although they face a difficult second half of the season, with the team currently at the bottom of the Turkish table after 18 games.

They are six points from safety, having played one game more than Genclerbirligi, 17th.

Earlier on Wednesday, Erzurumspor also announced the signing of Morocco international and ex-West Ham United defender Manuel da Costa.

Omolo signed a new contract with Cercle Brugge in August, apparently ending speculation about its future.

He had terminated his contract with the Flemish club earlier this summer and delayed the renewal before finally putting pen to paper five months ago.

However, despite conditions agreed until the end of this season, Omolo has moved ahead of schedule.

The midfielder has amassed over 60 appearances for the Belgian side over the past three and a half seasons, and was influential when Cercle was promoted to the Jupiler League from tier two in 2018.

Internationally, he scored Kenya’s only goal as they fought to a 1-1 draw with Togo in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, after making his Harambee Stars debut in 2011.

He has played for several clubs in Kenya, Belgium and Luxembourg, including Coast Stars, Vise, Fola Esch, Beerschot and Lommel United.

In 2019, Omolo won the prestigious Fifpro Merit Award for his community work in Dandora thanks to his foundation. The prize came with a cash prize of Ksh 2.5 million.

Established in 2017, the Johanna Omolo Foundation supports the children of Dandora, where the Belgium-based player grew up, through scholarships, mentorship and entrepreneurship programs, providing sanitary pads to teenage girls among many. other initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of adolescent girls. young people from the informal settlement of Nairobi.

Omolo is also a member of Common Goal, a charity that inspires professional footballers and coaches to donate one percent of their salary to non-governmental organizations working in football.

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