Former Kenya international Robert Mambo has lauded Harambee Stars defender Joseph Okumu after the 24-year-old sealed a permanent move to Belgian side K.A.A Gent.

Okumu penned a four-year-deal with the Belgian giants from Swedish top tier outfit IF Elfsborg and Mambo who played for Gent believes the move came at the most opportune time.

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Okumu signed a four-year deal with the Belgian side after close to two years in Boras, Sweden. PHOTO/COURTESY

β€œIt’s really good news that Joseph Okumu has joined Gent. It’s one of the top 4 big clubs in Belgium and I’m sure his move has come at the right time since Belgium league is one of the top levels league in Europe,” Mambo told Mozzart Sport.

The former Harambee Stars captain currently in charge of Swedish Division Two side FC Gute became the first Kenyan to play for Gent after his move from Kenya Pipeline in 2000 followed by John Muiruri in 2001.

Owing to his attributes for a top quality defender, Mambo urged the former Chemelil Sugar man to keep his eyes on the prize for he is destined for greatness in the Belgian Pro League.

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Former Harambee Stars captain Robert Mambo scored 15 goals in his 54 caps for Kenya. PHOTO/COURTESY

“I like his style of play, his physique and his technique as a defender. I have watched him play in Elsfborg here in Sweden and I’m certainly sure he will be of great value to Gent as he keeps taking his football levels higher and higher,” Mambo is quoted by Mozzart Sport.

The Belgian League is one of the best in Europe having developed over time, and Okumu made his move at the right time, according to the former Harambee Stars midfielder.

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