Hakati Sportiff youngster seals dream European move

Kayci Odhiambo a utility player plying his trade with Division 5 side Hakati Sportiff FC of the Nairobi Regional League, has sealed a dream move to Europe where he will feature for MFK Vyskov of the Czech Republic for the next three years.

Soka understands that the 18 year old who cleared his O Levels in 2018 is set to fly out to the Central European nation in the coming days for a thorough medical check-up at Vyskov who feature in the 3rd division of the Czech football pyramid.

Visa request

According to a letter written to the Czech Embassy in Nairobi and signed by a Mr Martin Chalupecky, Vyskov’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) requesting for Odhiambo to be issued with a visa, it is stated that the player will be permitted to return to Kenya once the medical is complete so as to allow the club begin proceedings for his work permit.

“…We have signed the above-named player to our club on a three-year contract subject to a medical. We are inviting him to Czech Republic for a period of ten days to conduct a thorough and complete Medical test. We will cover all the cost associated with his travel and will provide accommodation on a full board basis. Following the Medical, we would arrange for the player to return to Kenya while we submit an application for his work permit,” part of the letter reads.

A recent Hakati Sportiff FC team photo with Kayci Odhiambo standing second from left (PIC: Hakati Sportiff)

Rise

Stanley Achima, one of the coaches at Hakati and who has seen Odhiambo’s rise from the club’s academy set-up, spoke to Soka to confirm the above as well as shed some more insights on the player’s journey to this point.

He said, “I am not surprised at all with the news that Kayci is joining the pro ranks in Europe. He has the quality and at just 18 years old is destined to become one of the best exports this country has ever seen.

“He is a midfielder by trade but can play as a right back or a central defender and is very good at deadball situations.

“I also can add that this move abroad is not his first as he had travelled to Seychelles earlier this year for trials but a move never materialized because of other factors away from the player and his qualities,” Achima, who has worked closely with Odhiambo for the last seven years revealed.

Academy players

Hakati have the Makadara Junior League as one of their feeder clubs and this is where Odhiambo learned the ropes. Nairobi City Stars’ new sensation, Vincent Jamaica Otieno is also a product of the team as well as young keeper Elvis Ochieng who spent three months with Senegal’s Generation Foot on trials earlier in the year.