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Top Swedish side AIK on scouting mission in Kenya

By VINCENT OPIYO September 14th, 2018 1 min read

A top Swedish side AIK Fotboll is in the country scouting local players.

The side’s chief scout Tobias Ackerman has been in the country since last Sunday and has been spotted in local fields scouting for potential recruits.

Ackerman said a decision on how their search for new talent goes on will not be revealed at the moment.

“Our scouting is ongoing both in and outside Sweden but we do not want to comment on what we are doing right now,” Ackerman was quoted on Swedish website Fotboll Direkt.

Nairobi News can however exclusively reveal that the chief scout will over the weekend watch two games in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

“We will plan to watch a few matches like we’ve done over the week around Nairobi. We might not see a potential now but maybe for future development,” said one of the scouts.


He added: “Sweden has been the best destination for Kenyan players, it’s best suiting for one to start lower and rise up the ranks like Mariga (McDonald), Wanyama (Victor) and even Omondi (Eric Johanna) did.”

AIK currently tops the Swedish top tier standings on 48 points, 12 ahead of defending champions Malmo FF, who sit fourth on the 16-team table.

The club, founded 127 years ago, has previously tried out striker Masoud Juma and 2015 KPL Midfielder of the year Eric Johanna before he joined the club’s feeder team, Vasalund IF.

After a successful season with Vasalund in the third tier, Johanna signed for top tier outfit IF Brommapojkarna and is considered one of the best players in the team this season.

Vasalund is currently home to Harambee Stars duo; wing back Erick “Marcelo” Ouma and striker Ovella Ochieng.