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Nairobi — Tusker FC has lost their captain Eugene Asike who has pursued his first ever professional stint after completing a move to Swedish side IF Karlstad Fotboll and has already left the country.
Asike will sign a one and a half year deal with the second tier club, leaving Tusker FC after six years where he has won two Premier League titles, one FKF Cup title and was named as defender of the year last season as the team captain.
“We thank Eugene for his services to the club. He has been a loyal servant and a dedicated players since when he first moved here and we are happy for his progress. He has diligently led this squad as captain over the last three seasons and we truly appreciate his dedication,” Tusker FC chairman Dan Aduda told the club’s official website.
Asike left the country on Sunday night to link up with the new club based in Varmland County. They play in the third tier of Swedish football and will be in the same league with former Bandari FC midfielder Anthony Wambani who plays for IF Vasalund.
“I have had a good time at Tusker FC. There have been ups and downs but looking back, the good memories overwhelm the bad memories. I have developed as a player and being given the captaincy added more responsibility on me which made me a better person,” said Asike.
He added; “I am looking forward to this new journey and of course I am excited. I can’t wait to start and give my best.”
He becomes the second player to leave Tusker this season after winger Boniface Muchiri left early in the season for the military and will join Ulinzi Stars after completing recruit training.
Last season, top scorer Henry Meja also left for Sweden, joining top tier side AIK.
Tusker will however not be short of cover as the pair of Christopher Oruchum and Charles Momanyi have been rock solid at the back since Asike was sidelined for a month with a nose fracture.