Lokale thanks Sharks, All Stars after sealing dream European move

Kariobangi Sharks forward Sydney Lokale will spend the next six months of the current 2019/20 season on-loan at Finnish top tier side HIFK FC, both the player and the club have confirmed on social media.

He joins another Kenyan, custodian Arnold Origi, at the Helsinki based club.

The Kenyan under 23 international thanked Sharks as well as his former side, the now defunct Nakuru All Stars, for “molding” him to the player that he is.

Move agreed

“Hello Family, Fans and Friends. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that, I have agreed and signed a loan move to HIFK Fotboll,” the lanky forward wrote on Facebook.

“Firstly, I am greatful to the Almighty God for how far He has brought me. To my entire family, thank you for always supporting me, I love you and I could not have come this far without your esteemed support and prayers.

“Thank you Nakuru Allstars and Kariobangi Sharks FC for moulding me into a professional player. Thank you everyone at K sharks for always pushing me to greater heights. . There is no other way I can thank you from the management to teammates for always challenging me to be assidous. I have enjoyed working with you and learning from you every day.”

Masud replacement

Lokale joined Sharks in 2017 from All Stars who were at the time playing in the NSL and was brought onboard as a replacement for striker Masud Juma who earned a move to South African side Cape Town City after finishing that year’s campaign as the league’s top scorer.

Though he did not replicate Masud’s heroics in terms of goal percentage, the 21 year old forward proved to be instrumental for Sharks with the highlight of his three years with the club coming in the 2018 Shield Cup final against Sofapaka in which he scored as Sharks sealed a 3-2 win to secure a CAF Confederations Cup berth.

As this is going on, it is also believed that Sharks are on the brink of losing midfielder Duke Abuya who is rumoured to be in Zambia attending trials at Nkana FC.