Kenya U20 and Ligi midfielder takes the pro path


Kibet at the 2009 Umbro Cup tournament,UK

Theodore Kibet Kilele is now in the ranks of Swedish Division 3 side Gottne IF.

Theo joined Ligi Ndogo aged six in 2004.He played for the U11 and U13. By the time he was 18,he had joined the Senior team which at that time played in the FKF Premier League.He won 20 caps the next season and,at 18 years five months became the youngest player to feature for Ligi Ndogo in a match against Shabana (The record stood until July 4 2016 when it was broken by Remy Sheikh,at 17 years three months and 14 days).The same year,he was called up to the national U20 Harambee Stars team.

Kibet was a member of the Planet team that were runners up in 2009 at the Umbro Cup in the UK.Two years later they won the plate at the Keele International Cup before being voted best player in 2013 at the same tournament, scoring four goals in three matches.

He tried out at Crystal Palace and Millwall but it is the Lions who showed more interest inviting him for a stay a year later on recommendation from South London based scout Errol Johnson.He cited his ambidexterity,dribbling and passing skills, vision, intelligence and good attitude towards instruction as a key to his future in football.

The Swedish club that is also home to two other Kenyans:defender Michael Wandera and midfielder Heggard Barasa who played at FC Talanta.

Back home,he developed into a midfield mainstay of the youth team as well as a utility player in the main team.

He cites his move to Sweden as the first step towards the big leagues in his professional career.

Kibet (jersey no.21) with the U20 national team,Harambee Stars