Tanzania’s 18-year old sensation Pius Kelvin John has signed a three year contract with Belgium’s top side KRC Genk.
Kelvin John who was also the top scorer at the regional U-20 CECAFA Challenge Cup 2019 held in Uganda signed the contract with his new team on June 26th, 2021.
“Welcome Kelvin,” said the club on the official website. The club further stated that Kelvin John will start preparations with the A-squad under coach John van den Brom.
The youngster who already earned a call-up to the national senior team, Taifa Stars until recently he was active in the reputed Brooke House Football Academy in Leicester. He had to wait until his eighteenth birthday earlier this month to sign a professional contract in Europe.
Wilfred Kidao, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) General Secretary told Africa Sport News that Kelvin John’s move to Belgium is good news. “Hope his signing will create more opportunities for our players to go abroad” added Kidao.
Taifa Stars skipper Mbwana Ally Samatta and former TP Mazembe star was the first local Tanzanian player to play in the Belgian League.
Samatta, who joined Genk in 2016, parted ways with the club in 2019 to join Aston Villa in the English Premier League side, before he again left for Turkey.
“Genk like his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goal-scoring record speaks for itself,” said Kelvin John’s local Tanzanian manager Mbaki Mutahaba after the player had trials with Gent over a year ago.
Kelvin John nicknamed 'the Tanzanian Mbappe' was only 15 and already shone in the Africa Cup U-17 and as a barely 16-year-old was in the pre-selection for the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)
His new club KRC Genk finished 4th in the 2020/2021 Belgium Division A League which was won by Club Brugge
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